Career diplomat dies

THE country has lost one of its long-serving diplomats and public servants on Monday this week. Beraki Jino, who hailed from Marovo in Western Province, died at the National Referral Hospital after a long illness. As a career diplomat who had worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years, Mr Jino had served…

Iromea plans to sue

BURNS Creek community chairman John Seti Iromea is now filing a court case to sue the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lau/Mbaelelea Augustine Auga and the Island Sun newspaper for Defamation of character. Speaking to the Solomon Star last week, Mr Iromea said this was in relation to an article published by the paper on…

No sex claim probe?

Ramobatu says he’s not aware of PMO sexual harassment investigation Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has said an investigation into sexual harassment claim in his office is being investigated. He did not say who is investigating the claim. But Secretary to Cabinet, James Remobatu, who should be aware of the investigation, told the Sunday Star he was…

SI second expensive in internet service

Solomon Islands has the second most expensive internet service in the Pacific region. Papua New Guinea tops the list of 12 Pacific countries in a study carried out by Network Strategies of New Zealand on internet access affordability published on its website. According to them, the last updated report on internet access affordability on Pacific…

RAMSI chief addresses Chamber members

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Quinton Devlin, discussed RAMSI’s drawdown and support to the RSIPF with  members of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SICCI) at the Heritage Hotel in Honiara on Friday.  Noting that RAMSI was today solely a policing assistance mission, Devlin highlighted the enormous progress made the by RSIPF since 2003, including…

Australia opens its labour market

Solomon Islands and Australia have committed to a new understanding to foster greater cooperation and increase joint efforts in seasonal labour mobility. The MoU between the Government of Australia and the Government of Solomon Islands in support of the Seasonal Workers Programme was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade Milner Tozaka…

Tozaka defeats election petition

Foreign Affairs minister Milner Tozaka has all the reasons to smile after the High Court rejected last Wednesday an election petition brought against him by a losing candidate. High Court judge Rex Faukona dismissed the petition filed  Jenning Movobule, who contested against Tozaka in the 2014 national general election for the North Vella La Vella…

Veteran journalist farewelled

Members of the media, families, relatives, and friends farewelled veteran journalist Simon Papage in Honiara on Saturday, during his funeral service. Papage, who hailed from Makira-Ulawa Province, died suddenly last Tuesday at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara after a short illness. His body was sent to his home village for burial. The late Papage…

New fresh water fish, crustaceans discovered here

A total of 7 potential new species to science from freshwater fish, prawns and crabs were discovered by a team of scientists from the French Ichthyological Society (Société Française d’Ichtyologie (SFI)) and Ecological Solutions, Solomon Islands (ESSI).  Renowned scientists Drs Philippe Keith and Gerard Marquet of SFI led the freshwater team.    With the authorisation…

PM launches new aid policy

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday launched his government’s new policy on foreign aid and how to manage it. Called Aid Management and Development Cooperation Policy, the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, in consultation with other stakeholders, produced the document. Mr Sogavare said foreign aid to Solomon Islands is relative large and is a…