United Party gets the nod

THE Solomon Islands United Party will now contest this year’s national election after the Political Parties Commission endorsed and approved its application. The party recently took the Government to court following delays to appoint commissioners, who will need to meet to consider United Party’s application. Under the Political Parties Integrity Act 2014, political parties wishing…

Officers receive awards

TWO police officers received their awards on Thursday during the Police Commissioner’s Weekly Parade at Rove Police headquarters. Commissioner Matthew Varley presented the RSIPF Commissioner’s Commendation to Senior Sergeant (SSgt) Philip Tome for long and dedicated Service to the force. Mr Tome has been with the RSIPF since 1991.  “Thank you for your time to…

Illegal cigarettes hit local markets

ILLEGALLY imported cigarettes are being widely sold in Honiara and other provincial centres. One such product is Alishan cigarette, produced by Taiwan Mioali Tobacco Industry Corp Limited. “These cigarettes are put in vessels that came into our waters but never come to our shores,” one source familiar with the trade said. “This is why Customs…

Kava family cleans up hospital

A LOCAL group known as the “Kava family” stepped out yesterday and cleaned up around the National Referral Hospital (NRH), removing stacks of rubbish that were left there since last year. This is not the first time the group, which is part of the Kokonut Café, had engaged in voluntary and humanitarian work. Group leader,…

Mother of infant held over its death

POLICE in Western province have continued with their investigations following the death of a new born baby around New Year’s Day. Police Commissioner Mathew Varley said following the investigation, the mother of the baby has been arrested. “Although details are coming in, it was alleged that the mother delivered the new born baby around new…

Youths arrested for stoning vehicle

A NATIONAL Referral Hospital vehicle doing rounds on New Year’s night reportedly suffered damages when some youths threw stones at it at Green Valley, east Honiara, on New Year’s night. Reports reaching the Solomon Star confirmed the vehicle got hit by a hard object that broke through its glass at the back door. The vehicle…

WIDESPREAD DAMAGES

Disaster hits hard on Malaita By SOLOMON LOFANAin Auki MORE than 200 homes and properties in Malaita were reportedly damage when strong wind and heavy rain pounded the province on New Year’s night. Red Cross branch officer in Auki Rex Leofasia said they’ve received more than 200 reports of damages to homes. Mr Leofasia said…

MORE DAMAGES EXPECTED

Bad weather hits home By ANDREW FANASIA THE National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is expecting more reports on the impacts of the current heavy rain and flooding. NDMO Principal Program Officer Brian Tom said this, Wednesday.  “Following the heavy rain and floods we have a lot of information reaching our office especially on the impacts…

Settlers call for urgent help

A CATHOLIC community of more than 300 settlers in the Henderson area of east Honiara say their homes and food gardens have been severely affected by the current bad weather. And leaders of Rurete community, which was made up mostly of settlers from Wagina in Choiseul, wanted the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to urgently…

16 born on NY’s Day at NRH

SIXTEEN babies were born on New Year’s Day at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara. According to records from the Labour Ward, seven are females, while nine are males. The first baby was born at 6am on 1st of January; the last at 11.15pm. This record was only for babies born at the NRH.…