Students demand explanation

AROUND 100 day-scholar students at Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have called on the director of National Training Unit (NTU) to explain the drop in their allowances last week. According to cheques received by the students, from the gross of $24,570, the government withheld $945 for rental. As such, the students each received only $23,625.…

Losing candidate contest illegally

A LOSING candidate in the recent Temotu provincial elections was allowed to contest despite violating electoral laws. Temotu electoral manager Luke Paul confirmed George West contested the Lata Luova ward although he was not a registered voter in the ward, which is illegal. Mr Paul said in the 2010 provincial elections, Mr West was disqualified…

New Nadi Honiara service

Air Niugini launches flight AIR Niugini has started operating a direct return service between Honiara and Nadi. The service began on Christmas Eve, using its Boeing 737 aircraft. Fiji-based Discount Flight Centre, general sales agents (GSA) for Air Niugini, managing director Sashi Singh said the service is in line with the current Air Service Agreement…

Four raise their hands for city mayor’s job

FOUR candidates have put up their hands for the Honiara City Council (HCC) Mayor’s post ahead of the election tomorrow. They are former mayor, Andrew Mua and three newly elected councilors namely Alpheus Fatai (Vura ward), Edward Fonua Ngava (Mbuburu ward) and Charles Cheka Aiwasuga (Naha ward). The Solomon Star has established that Mr Fatai,…

A bitter pill to swallow

Wale reportedly unhappy with gov’t MEMBER of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Matthew Wale was reportedly bitter about his exclusion from the ministerial line-up in the new government. And how long he’ll be on the government side remain the big question. The Australian newspaper reported that Mr Wale, the rising Solomon Islands politician who almost became…

Twin Christmas present for mother

FOR Roselyn Fa’ari, there’s no Christmas present as sweet as giving birth to twins on Christmas day. She was one of 14 mothers who gave birth on Christmas Day at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara. “They were a real blessing, especially on this Christmas day,” Roselyn told the Solomon Star. “I was filled with…

15 babies born on Christmas day

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City mayor to be elected Dec 30

HONIARA city councilors will elect a new mayor on December 30. City clerk Charles Kelly said nominations will open on the 29thand close within 24 hours followed by the election the next day. “Nominations will open on the 29th of December. This means a whole day and night until 6am the next day and then…

City councilors sworn-in

THE 12 newly-elected Honiara City Councilors have been sworn into office on Christmas eve. They include four old councilors and eight new ones. Retaining their seats are caretaker mayor Andrew Leonard Muafor Ward one Ngossi, Jack Maeli Ingi for Ward Five Voekesa, Eric Moses Tema for Ward Seven Matanikau, and Charles Kira for Ward nine…