Royalty amount queried

Asia Pacific Investment Development (APID) and its mining contractor Bintan may have underpaid royalties due to landowners of west Rennell. Although operations have been suspended, no royalty payout has been made and received by people of West Rennell. Sources reveal to the Sunday Star this may be so if a review of exported consignment samples…

Ramohia pays tribute to past leaders

Malaita Premier Peter Chanel Ramohia has paid tribute to the past leaders of Kiu community in West Are’are. Ramohia took a moment silence when addressing the Kiu community and Kiu Christian Community High School students recently. He reflected on the significant role that the past leaders contribute to the development of the community. “Kiu has…

Moves to ban import of plastic bags here

The government is working on a policy to ban the import of plastic bags. Minister for Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Disaster Management and Meteorology Services, Samuel Manetoali revealed this. He was speaking at World Environment Day celebration in Honiara last Wednesday. Manetoali said plastic bags are a threat to our environment. “My ministry…

City plan delayed

Plans to demolish old buildings within central Honiara have been delayed, while the Honiara City Council awaits a technical report from its Physical Planning division. That was according to Town and Country Planning Board chairman, Eddie Ngava. Property owners between the Hot Bread Kitchen and NPF building at Point Cruz have been issued with notices…

Biosecurity vital, says Saelea

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock permanent secretary, Jim Saelea has highlighted the importance of biosecurity in the country. Speaking at the launching of the new biosecurity website at Heritage Park on Thursday, Saelea said Biosecurity Solomon Islands is set up to protect all plants and animals in the country. Saelea said in particular, it is…

Quake fails to generate tsunami

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred at 3:17pm, approximately 20 km west of Auki, Malaita Province, Friday. But it failed to generate a tsunami. The Weather Office issued a statement minutes after the quake hit, saying there was no tsunami warning. In Auki, Malaita, residents were on alert for a possible tsunami warning. The…

Quake fail to generate tsunami

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred at 3:17pm, approximately 20 km west of Auki, Malaita Province, Friday. But it failed to generate a tsunami. The Weather Office issued a statement minutes after the quake hit, saying there was no tsunami warning. In Auki, Malaita, residents were on alert for a possible tsunami warning. The…

Marita denies bad behaviour in Guam

Director for Culture in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Dennis Marita has denied claims certain members of the contingent to the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam misbehaved during the event. Members of the contingent told the Sunday Star some men in the delegation who were drunk acted disorderly and were removed by…

No decision yet

Gov’t yet to decide; Students remain in troubled PNG The Government is yet to decide whether to bring back our students from the troubles in Papua New Guinea. Any decision on that will be based on the operational status of the universities that its students participated in the protests there. Following last Wednesday’s police firing…

Big plans for East Guadalcanal

TWO major projects are earmarked for East Guadalcanal Constituency this year. That was according to the constituency’s MP Bradley Tovosia. “Housing scheme and proper water supply and sanitation are the two projects I am earmarking for implementation this year,” he added. “They are my priority projects for this year apart from others.” He said before…