Call to allow land for development

Solomon Star stringer John Toki has reiterated the general call of the chief from Sagalu ward in the North West Guadalcanal region to all landowners of the island to release their land for development. Mr Toki quoted that the chiefs of Sagalu have realised the barrier brought by land dispute to development in the North…

Italian govt delegation visits DBTI

The visiting Italian delegation on Wednesday made a one-day visitation to meet and held consultations at d Don Bosco, Henderson, East Honiara. They visited the institution at 4.30 pm and spent an hour seeing the facilities there. The delegation was led by H. E. Gianluca Galletti, Minister for Environment and H. E. Pier Francesco Zazo,…

Hefty bonus revealed

THE alleged huge bonus payout to Board members of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) received from the controversial Ports CEO, Colin Yow was said to be true. It was disclosed that new SIPA Board members were paid an annual bonuses of between $150, 000 and $170, 000 apiece – without the Board’s approval. Mr…

Moves to curb corruption at lands

In an effort to stamp out corruption at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey, the permanent secretary of the ministry Stanley Waleansia has called on the public to work together with his ministry. In a press statement issued to local media this week, Mr. Waleansia urged the public to report any corrupt practices in…

Sea-plane payment

Claims SIPA puts down $2.2m on first sea plane As allegations of unapproved spendings swirl around Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) Chief Executive Officer, Colin Yow, there is new revelation of yet another alleged unapproved spending. This time it is the alleged down payment on the first SIPA’s seaplane acquisition. According to sources, SIPA has…

Tozaka bestowed with Italian awards

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Milner Tozaka has been conferred with the “Award of Grand Officer of the Order of Star of Italy” in recognition of Solomon Islands ongoing effort to advocate against the impacts of Climate Change. The visiting Italian Minister of Environment, Land and Sea Gian Luca Galletti bestowed the award…

Health fraud allegations probe

A NUMBER of fraud allegations is currently under investigated within some departments of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS). That was according to a senior ministry staff, who claimed to have assisted the police in providing information related to the fraud allegation in the ministry. The officer reported that the Criminal Investigation Department…