Fenua: Dettke’s posting shows we need an ICAC

WATCHDOG organisation Transparency Solomon Islands says that the appointment of Bodo Dettke to head the Ministry of Forestry and Research creates a conflict of interest for him and this shows that we need an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Over the past week much has been said about this issue in the media. Recently, the…

Malaita to elect premier this week

MALAITA Province will elect its new premier this week. That was according to the province’s legal adviser Hendry Kala. MR Kala said the newly elected Assembly will commence its first sitting Monday.  “The purpose of the first meeting is for all MPA members to attend and discuss the election of the speaker and the premier,”…

RSIPF successful operations with public support

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) had successfully conducted its Christmas and New Year operations, with the support of public cooperation and their respect to law and order. This is an important step forward towards 2015 with the support and assistance of collective hands to curb and reduce crime, which will then promote and…

Girl died from stab wounds

A GIRL died at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara on New Year’s Day after her brother in-law allegedly stabbed her with a sharp knife. Police confirmed the girl, from Isabel Province, died from multiple knife wounds to her thighs and shoulder a day after the New Year’s Eve attack in the Tenaru area, east…

The year 2014 for Solomon Islands

Two minor riots, a flash flood that killed at least 21 people, the national election, and the return of Manasseh Sogavare for the third time as prime minister, were some of the major news events that made 2014 a year to remember. Solomon Star reporter ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN looks back at the events that made the…

Gov’t rejects Bingtang bid

APID gets the nod AN Indonesian mining firm eyeing the rich bauxite deposits on Rennell has had its prospecting licence cancelled. Minister for Mines Samson Maneka informed PT Mega Bingtang Borneo Ltd of the decision in a letter dated 23 December 2014. At the same time, the Ministry of Mines has granted Asia Pacific Investment…

New mayor promises change

NEWLY-ELECTED city mayor Alfrence Inoga Fatai has promised “change” for Honiara as be assumed responsibility yesterday. But he acknowledged change can only be achieved through cooperation. “Let us make changes in the sectors, you want change, I want change; all of us want change,” he said during his victory speech. Mr Fatai said change has…

Tovosia, Veke deny charges

EAST Guadalcanal Member of Parliament Bradley Tovosia and former Guadalcanal premier Anthony Veke yesterday denied the allegations made against them. Tovosia entered not guilty pleas to one count of abuse of office and 13 counts of demanding with menaces while Veke pleaded not guilty to one count of abuse of office and one count of…

Guadalcanal premier thanks PM

NEWLY-ELECTED Guadalcanal premier Bartholomew Vavanga has thanked Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his family for their visit to the Good Samaritan Hospital, as part of celebrating their Christmas. Mr Vavanga said although their visit was a surprise to his people, he was sincerely thankful to Mr Sogavare, his wife Emmie and their family, for their…

Kyrgyzstan is our new friend

SOLOMON Islands has entered into diplomatic ties with the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The country’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Collin Beck, formalised the relations with his Kyrgyzstan’s counterpart on December 22. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Beraki Jino said the two countries agreed to strengthen…