SI/NZ talks successful

Bilateral talks between Solomon Islands Prime Minister (PM) and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCullywas successfully held on Thursday. Speaking during a press conference held after the meeting PM Sogavare thanked everyone who turned up for the high level talk, while warmly welcoming the presence of the New Zealand delegation into the country. Sogavare reiterated…

Why logger was put on notice

A LOGGING company seeking a licence to export its logs has failed to meet government forestry requirements. This is why SLH Timber Corporation Ltd, currently operating in northwest Guadalcanal, was served a “show cause” letter late last month. Commissioner of Forest, Reeves Moveni clarified this after SLH Timber’s director Donation Damikura accused the Ministry of…

Accused may change pleas

THE former correctional service officer facing multiple fraud charges might be entering guilty pleas to some of the charges against him. Don Lisi Talu’s matter was adjourned from the last occasion to yesterday for him to enter his pleas to the 57 charges against him. When the matter came before the court yesterday, his lawyer,…

Murder hearing adjourned

THE case of two men accused of the murder of a man at west Honiara in June this year has been further adjourned to Wednesday next week. Wednesday’s hearing was for the defence counsel to confirm to the court the type of preliminary inquiry to be conducted on this case. The presiding magistrate in this…

Man convicted of manslaughter

CHIEF Justice Sir Albert Palmer on Wednesday convicted a man of manslaughter instead of murder, for which he was tried. This is due to the accused having a state of “unsound mind”. Sir Albert made this orders yesterday after prosecution and the defence counsels presented their closing submissions. Ngadabeu Maenari’i was therefore acquitted of the…

Support for Hydro project intact

A representative of the Managikiki Community in Bahomea, Central Guadalcanal, says latest activities of the Tina River Hydro project within their communities are very encouraging. Chief Whitlam Kikolo, former chairman of the Bahomea House of Chiefs and strong supporter of the Tina Hydro Project, said road surveys being undertaken now show the project is indeed…

Star journalist to East West Center

Solomon Star Chief of Staff Ednal Palmer is among five Solomon Islanders selected for the 2015 Pacific Islands Leadership internship in East West Center in Hawaii and Taiwan. The others are Jimmy Panasa Executive Personal Secretary (EPS) of the Ministry of Planning, Henry Kiniki Project Coordinator of Arnavon Community Marine Conservation, Bradley Lenga Director Internal…

PM urged to sack minister, SSPM

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is calling on the Prime Minister to sack his Forestry Minister Bodo Dettke and Special Secretary to Prime Minister (SSPM) Rence Sore. In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition said the Prime Minister should remove his Forestry Minister as serious allegations levelled against him relating to his involvement, influence and interest in…

Maelanga on PM’s trip to Malaita day

Leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group has described the proposed trip by Prime Minister (PM) to Malaita, Friday for the province’s second appointed day celebration, Friday as a visit with empty promises. Expressing his disappointment yesterday Manasseh Maelanga MP for East Kwara’ae described Sogavare’s trip as; “an empty visit full of false promises.” Mr Maelanga…