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…

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…

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…

Rapists warned

Your glory days are over, says judge A JUDGE has issued the harshest of warnings yet to would-be rapists. “Expect no lenient sentences if you are found guilty of rape,” High Court judge Justice Stephen Pallaras said, as he imposed longer jail terms for two men convicted of rape, Thursday. He said the penalty for…