China Town police post set to re-open

THE China Town police post will re-open Friday next week. The post, located at the same spot near the Mataniko clinic, takes up the front section of the Honiara City Council’s newly built dental clinic. Assistance police commissioner Gabriel Manelusi said the post has been equipped and is ready to be occupied by officers.  Mr…

Auki agriculture office moves down town

AGRICULTURE officers working in Auki have moved to a new office block after their office was burn to the ground last week. Chief agriculture officer in Auki John Faleka said the move was to ensure officers continue to carry out their work while waiting for a new office building. “There were already plans to erect…

Ramohia confident after audience with PM

IN six months time, Malaita’s new executive will commence plans to attract and engage investors. Malaita premier Peter Ramohia told the Solomon Star office in Auki, the potential of the province was never utulised. “During my meeting with the Prime Minister this week, we discussed the fact that social problems the country face can be…

Vanuatu to host regional trade negotiation

OCTA – Pacific Island Country trade officials will meet in Vanuatu to negotiate a new comprehensive regional trade agreement that will deepen economic links in the Pacific. The tenth inter-sessional meeting on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations will be held from 22-27 March at the Pacifik Farea Convention Centre at…

MSG senior official meeting discusses budget, work program

            The Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), Michael Forrest, Permanent Secretary of the FLNKS External Unit officially opened the two-day MSG Senior Officials Meeting which ended yesterday at the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila, Vanuatu.             Mr Forrest welcomed senior officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu…

Vanuatu gov’t seeks help to fix broadcasting issues

RNZI – The government in Vanuatu says it’s looking for partners to help modernise the state broadcaster, and fix radio transmission problems to the outer-islands. Communities rely on the radio broadcast of cyclone warnings during cyclone season. Worries have been raised over the on-going failure of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) to transmit…

Street vendors warn of tough action

THE City by-law on street vending of betel-nut and cigarette seem to not adhere to despite stringent measure carried out by the Honiara City Council Law Enforcement Division. Street vendors were seen at various street corners whenever law enforcers were not around. Many have ended up in court and were fined, but the practice of…

Award fraud uncovered; Two NTU officers suspended

TWO officials at the National Training Unit (NTU) have been suspended last November after their fraudulent dealings with students studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) were uncovered. They reportedly forged the signature of the permanent secretary on award letters they supplied to students on the premise the students will be sponsored by the…

Girl killed on hill top, court told

A GIRL whose skeletal remains were found by students on a picnic trip in the upper Mataniko area in 2012 was killed on the Tuvaruhu hill top, the High Court heard on Wednesday. Flora Akwai’s boyfriend allegedly stabbed her with a knife, knocked her head with a stone, before rolling the body down the hill.…

Gov’t urged to respect PS posts

THE leader of the Parliamentary Independent Group, Manasseh Maelanga, has called on the government to give due respect to post holders established under the national constitution. Mr Maelanga made the call in light of the recent appointments of political appointees by the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government. He said the appointments of the political…