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…

Police arrest 12 over Gold Ridge troubles

POLICE say they arrested 12 people at Gold Ridge mine site in central Guadalcanal since Tuesday in relation to the law and order problem in the area. The escalation of lawlessness at the site in the past few days has resulted in the evacuation of the Gold Ridge Mining Limited’s (GRML) expatriate staff. Acting assistant…

Malaita marks big day despite challenges

DESPITE its poor cash-flow situation, Malaitan leaders and their people congregate at Malu’u to celebrate the province’s 31st second appointed day. The celebration was to remember the day Malaita gained its status as a province 31 years ago in 1983. The event was marked peacefully, and Malu’u substation officer commanding Alfred Fioga was pleased with…

ADB to rebuild damaged infrastructures

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$15.58 million project to help the Solomon Islands rebuild transport infrastructure damaged by recent flash floods. The assistance, drawn from ADB’s Disaster Response Facility, will help fund construction of new infrastructure designed to be more resilient against future disasters and other climate threats. ADB’s financing is $13.22…