Melanesian festival dates confirmed

SOLOMON Islands will be hosting the next Melanesian Arts and Cultural festival (MACFest) in July 1st-14, 2018, to coincide with the country’s 40th Anniversary. MACFest is estimated to cost the government $15 million. As normally happened, and agreed upon during this week’s MSG Ministers summit, MSG countries will also provide assistance to support the host…

Only five PAs remain

Only five Political Appointees (PA) serving during the term of the former government remained with the Rick Hou-led administration today, after the second bunch of PAs joined the 31 that left two weeks ago. This was confirmed to the Solomon Star by a terminated PA who received his marching orders last week. The terminated PA…

No allowances yet for AMA students

ABOUT 30 government-sponsored students studying at the AMA University in Philippines have yet to be paid their allowance since September. Students Association president Charles Ha’amori has confirmed this to the Solomon Star in Manila on Thursday. However, he clarified that though it has taken so long for the students to receive their shares, the delay…

FLOOD HITS HARD

Bridges damaged, food gardens swept away By TEDDY KAFO FLOODING in the Guadalcanal plains has swept away one bridge and badly damaged the other. Hundreds of villagers have also lost food gardens during the Monday night floods. The Tinahula River Bridge, which connects Honiara to the Gold Ridge mine site in central Guadalcanal was swept…

LOMO WINS GOLD

SOLOMON Islands national judo athlete Tony Lomo had snatched ‘One Team Solomon’ another gold medal at the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games on Wednesday. The local Olympian defeated a Ni-Vanuatu athlete in his opening fight in the Kroman Indoor Arena. He is the second athlete to add gold to the country’s medal tally. He recorded…

Auki Police appeal for calm

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Malaita Province has appealed to people in the province not to take the law into their own hands but allow their community leaders or the police should they have any issues to resolve. “I am making this call after several incidences happened in the province during the…

GOLDEN QUEEN

Wini wins three gold By SIMON ABANAPort Vila, Vanuatu   WEIGHTLIFTING queen Jenlyn Tegu Wini scooped Team Solomon’s first three gold medals yesterday at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Oceania gold medallist made a clean sweep of gold in the 56 kg category against some best lifters in the region. She…

Bad weather delays Dash8 landing

POOR visibility caused by strong wind and heavy rain on Monday evening around 6pm in Honiara yesterday had forced a scheduled flight operated by Solomon Airlines Dash8 aircraft to delay its landing at the Honiara international airport. The flight was returning from the Western province when the weather suddenly changed bringing in more strong wind…