Gov’t urged to come clean on AFP proposal

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the Government to clear the air over claims Australian Federal Police (AFP) is intending to be permanently stationed in Solomon Islands. In a statement, the Opposition Group said the Government must come clean on whether the claims are true or not. “The Government needs to be reminded that any…

MP told to prioritise health, education

WHILST the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kwara’ae must be thanked for purchasing machines to do road maintenance within his constituency, there is also a need for him to prioritise health and education issues in east Malaita. This was according to an east Kwara’ae constituent, Andrew Idu. In an interview with the Solomon Star…

Guadalcanal celebrates big day

GUADALCANAL province has successfully celebrated its 32nd second appointed day on Monday. The occasion which convened dignitaries from the national government, Guadalcanal provincial government and members of the public is a proud moment for the province as it commemorates the very day Guadalcanal affirmed to stand as a province by itself. Monday’s celebration started with…

Prendergast clarifies Australia’s police presence

POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast says the proposed Police Development Mission is not the same type of mission as the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). He was responding to media reports of a possible continuation of the Australian policesupport to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to which he said needed some clarification.…

East Malaita gets new excavator

EAST Malaita constituency will no longer have difficulties to hire machines to do road maintenance within their area. On Friday, Parliament Member for East Malaita Constituency and acting Prime Minster Manasseh Maelanga handed over a new brand excavator machine worth $1.58million to the constituency in Honiara.  “This machine is purposely for East Malaita constituency,” Mr…

Sir Tovua: peace building overdue

PEACE building is a long overdue initiative that should have been implemented 12 years ago says Sir Paul Tovua. Sir Tovua was speaking on Thursday at the United Nations (UN’s) one day youth and peace building workshop held at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU). “This is an initiative that I strongly believe is long…

Gov’t defends Taiwan trip

THE GOVERNMENT Caucus has defended the 16-member delegation Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is leading to Taiwan. “Who says diplomacy is cheap,” Caucus chairman Jackson Fiulaua asked on Thursday when defending the trip, which has been heavily criticised. The total cost of the trip to tax payers is $1.6 million, which the Opposition and other government…

HCC, Consumer Affairs on expired goods

THE Honiara City Council health division together with the Consumer Affairs division within the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration says the task in ensuring shops do sell unexpired goods in the city is ongoing. This was in response to concerns raised to the Solomon Star this week by members of the public on…

Munda Airport to get upgrade

THE Government this week signed a co-funding agreement with New Zealand to give the runway at Munda Airport an international upgrade. A statement from the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara said currently, all international flights into Solomon Islands are required to land at Henderson Airport – the country’s only International airport. “This means that…