More consultation recommended for NWCC shipping

While appreciating accessing of the $3.0 million from the National Government for a proposed shipping service for North West Choiseul Constituency by the out-going MP for the constituency, the public meeting for NWC constituents in Honiara held on Sunday 26th October, the meeting recommended that more consultations with the people in the constituencies be conducted…

‘Transparency vital for the private sector’

Effective partnerships with all sectors is Transparency Solomon Islands’ (TSI) main strategy in ensuring that all sectors must be included and involved in the effort to fight corruption in Solomon Islands. “The discussion of promoting transparency must not only with the public sector, civil society sector, churches, women organizations and youths. The private sector must…

443 to contest, names to be published this week

A total of 443 have been nominated to contest the November 19 National General Election. Solomon Islands Electoral Commission revealed this at the close of the withdrawal period at 4pm. However, the commission said the number may be subject to change after any notices of withdrawal of candidates are processed. Candidates had until 4pm yesterday…

Food shortage hits Ontong Java

The people of Ontong Java in the Malaita Outer Islands are reported to be running out of food. The Director of Health Services in the Central Islands Province, Dr John Paulsen, whose wife has just returned from Ontong Java said the people there who have become dependent on rice are running out of supplies. He…

Forau dismisses accusations

Outgoing Member of Parliament for Temotu Vatu constituency Clay Forau has dismissed claims he misused shipping grant the government provided to the constituency. Constituent Benjamin Ariki claimed a funding meant for Vatu Shipping Agency worth $3 million had disappeared. According to Ariki PV No: MID -5823-HQR-0215-14 receipt for VATU SHIPPING AGENCY amount of $3,000,000 never…

Officers investigated over Gold Ridge theft

More than 50 police and Correctional officers sent to provide security at the abandoned Gold Ridge mine site are reportedly under investigation for collaborating with locals to steal mine properties. An officer familiar with deployment to the site told the Sunday Star the concerned officers were now subjected to investigation. The relevant police department was…

SINTA credit union board accused of abusing funds

Board members of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) Credit Union are under investigation over alleged misuse of union funds. This came after the resignation of the credit union’s board chairman Donation Houkura and his deputy Lency Bambu. SINTA’s acting general secretary Walter Tesuatai confirmed receiving the resignation letters of the two officials on…

New dental clinic to open soon

Honiara City Council’s newly built dental clinic in Chinatown will open its doors soon to the public. Many people have suffered dental problems since the closure of the Dental Centre at the National Referral Hospital. City mayor Andrew Mau said the main building has been completed. “It’s just the furnishing inside and other minor jobs…

Project helps community to be resilient

Changing climate patterns is becoming more and more difficult for us to accurately predict and plan for the next season,” says Joshua To’osi, 51, of Rara village in east Areare, Malaita. Rara is a coastal village of more than 100 people with homes located only 20 metres above sea level. Joshua, like most people in…