Weather office takes duties back from PNG

Papua New Guinea has handed over the Aviation Service to the Solomon Islands Metrological Service last week. This, according to director David Hiriasi, was an additional achievement by the Solomon Islands Met Service in addition to the opening of the Tingoa Met Office.  Hiriasia described the achievements as a millstone history for them. “Another milestone…

Why SINTA fired Faisi

Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) says its decision to remove its outspoken general secretary Samson Faisi was made collectively after a review of his contract. SINTA president Philip Ika told the Solomon Star his executive made the decision after reviewing Faisi’s initial one year contract. Faisi attended a conference in Fiji on behalf of…

Family lose home in fire

A FAMILY at Malo village near Lata, Temotu Province, are homeless after their home was razed to the ground last weekend in what is widely believed to be an act of arson. The incident occurred between 10am and 11am last Sunday while the family was attending a nearby church. Nicholas Pika is the owner of…

SI embraces new regional financial inclusion approach

SOLOMON Islands has become one of the leading Pacific nations to embrace a new long-term initiative promoted by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) that focuses on enhancing conditions for financial empowerment within the region. Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) and Chairman to the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce (NFIT), Denton Rarawa…

Globe Theater group to visit here in June

THE world renowned Globe Theatre of England will be visiting Solomon Islands for the first time in June this year. The visit is being made possible by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism together with the British High Commission in Solomon Islands. The group will be performing the famous playwright by William Shakespeare’s work, ‘the…

Banana Festival rescheduled

THE Makira Banana Festival has been rescheduled from June to August. Since its inauguration last year, the organizing committee has decided to change the date from June to August. Speaking from Kirakira, chairperson of the Festival Noel Mamau said: “We decided to changed its date to fall in line with the Makira Second appointed day.”…

New PS for Renbel

RENNELL and Bellona Province has a new provincial secretary. He is Robin Niumoana. The position has been left vacant for a year despite a new government coming into power late last year. Renbel Provincial Premier Collin Singamoana Tesuatai confirmed the newly appointed provincial secretary and called on the people of Renbel province to work closely…

MSG police summit was a success: Prendergast

POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast says the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) police commissioner’s conference last week has been a success. He said the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have taken on the chairmanship of the Police Commissioner group for the next 12 months. Mr Prendergast said taking over the MSG chairmanship means playing our role…

Two riffles, one pistol confiscated at the border

Police seize guns POLICE seized three firearms on Mono island, Shortlands, Western Province, following recent spate of criminal incidents there. But Commissioner of Police Frank Prendergast said no one has been arrested in connection to the confiscated weapons. “We have confiscated three firearms – two riffles and a pistol,” Mr Prendergast said last week. “Investigations…

Sick dad seeks help

A FATHER who is suffering from diabetes and has lost a leg and wife recently is pleading for help to support his six young children. Nelson Mwaki, 38, from Small Malaita lost his left leg two years ago after being amputated as a result of this non-communicable disease (NDC) related sickness. He was first diagnosed…