Rotary helps children get life-saving surgery

TWO children sent overseas for medical treatment have returned home cured – thanks to the Rotary Club of Honiara. Kate Afari and Zinzan Tesuatai were the latest of many children Rotary Club of Honiara sponsored under the Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) program since 1997. ROMAC provides medical treatment for children from developing…

Call to probe SINTA credit union

SOLOMON Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) has called on the Registrar of Credit Unions to investigate its subsidiary, SINTA Credit Union Ltd. SINTA’s acting general secretary Walter Tesuatai made the call in light of increasing frustrations amongst teachers who are members to credit union. Mr Tesuatai said the increasing frustration raised by members is serious.…

Call to remove funds from MPs

AN incoming government must remove constituency development funds from the control of MPs. Former Ombudsman and private lawyer John Smith Pitabelema said wide public criticism of development funds being controlled by MPs should send the signal to any government that the funds must be removed from MPs. He said the close working links between MPs…

Candidates report threats to police

SOME candidates in Makira-Ulawa Province claimed they received threats from supporters of other candidates. This was confirmed by the Operation Manager of the Makira Provincial Police, Peter Sitai. Mr Sitai said his office received several reports that some intending candidates have not been allowed to do their campaigning in certain areas in the province. “Since…

More polling stations in Makira than officers

MAKIRA Province does not have enough man power to police the upcoming November 19 elections. This was revealed by the Kirakira Police operation Manager Peter Sitai, in an interview. Mr Sitai said according to information they received from the electoral office, Makira province has more than 80 polling stations compared to just around 40 police…

Quan to contest Central Makira seat

A FORMER MP for Central Honiara of Chinese origin has moved to Makira-Ulawa to contest the Central Makira seat. Moon Pin Quan told the Solomon Star he was born in Makira-Ulawa Province and his decision to contest the Central Makira seat was in response to request from the people. Mr Quan, who has been a…

Quan’s advice to candidates

CANDIDATES must not allow themselves to be fooled by opportunists who will use the upcoming national general elections as an opportunity to make money. Former MP and intending candidate Moon Pin Quan, made the warning during an interview in Kira Kira last week where he launched his campaign to contest the Central Makira seat. “Be…

Matanga becomes first female Deputy Commissioner

JUANITA Matanga has created history by becoming the first female Police Officer to be promoted as Deputy Commissioner, the second in charge of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). Commissioner Frank Prendergast revealed this at a press conference on Thursday. Mr Prendergast said that the promotion of Ms Matanga was indeed an excellent decision…

USP health week ends with a walk

Students, staff and family members of the University of South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands campus successfully ended their two weeks of health program with a morning walk. As part of concluding the event more than 400 people took part in a six kilometre walk yesterday from the USP head office at Lawson all the way…