Malaita has tourism potential: Manetoali

Minister of Tourism and Culture Samuel Manetoali has made his first visit to Malaita Province over the weekend. He was accompanied by staff of the ministry and Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) Chairman Wilson Nee. Mr Manetoali attended a Shell Money Festival organised at Busu village, Langa Langa lagoon and visited tourism establishments around Auki.…

Garo blames St Barbra for Gold Ridge mess

Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification Moses Garu has called on St. Barbara Company to be more responsible. Mr Garo also cautioned the company not to mislead the public about the current issue on the mine site and the company. “Why should you blame the government? The Government, given the current complex situation and…

Shun junk food, parents told

PARENTS are urged not to feed their children with junk foods from shops. Under Secretary (Administration) to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Oswald Ramo made the call, Thursday. This was during a brief handing over ceremony of planting materials and farming equipment/tools to Honiara based schools. The project was to ensure food security and…

Sasako hits out at PMO statement

INTENDING candidate, Alfred Sasako, has described as “pathetic and shallow” a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in response to a report he has published regarding last Wednesday’s visit to Honiara by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. Quoting sources in Washington DC and Honiara, Mr Sasako’s report said…

EU enjoy presents credentials here

THE European Union’s (EU) first-ever resident ambassador to Solomon Islands Leonidas Tezapsidis has presented his letter of credence to the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at Government House, Thursday. At the ceremony, Ambassador Tezapsidis expressed honour for being entrusted by the EU to serve in the Solomon Islands – a country with which the EU…

Pacific call out big fishing nations on catch data

PACIFIC nations have slammed major fishing nations using loopholes to duck out of properly reporting their fishing catches in Pacific waters. Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) members at the 10th Scientific Committee meeting of the WCPFC say the missing data is critical to help prevent over-fishing in Pacific waters. The meeting in the Marshall…

Haununu clarifies voter fraud claim

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Cabinet agrees to lift bech-de-mer ban

CABINET has already agreed to lift the bech-de-mer harvest ban during discussions in July this year, well-placed government sources told the Solomon Star. But the decision won’t come into effect unless the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources signed the instruments to have the ban lifted. The ban has been in force since 2010. Last…