30 days in jail for threatening vendors 

TWO men who confess to threatening two people who came to sell their products at the Honiara Central Market, Honiara have been jailed for 30 days. Ian Kitalua and George Dele were sentenced after pleading guilty to the charge of uses threatening words in public. The incident happened on the morning of 20 July this…

PM: gov’t budget needs redirection

Prime Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare says the government’s budget needs redirection.  Mr. Sogavare highlighted this during his visit to Pisei which hosts the North-West Guadalcanal Development Association (NWGDA) base on Wednesday. “The government’s budget needs bigger redirection,” he said.   Prime Minister said one of the reasons why they did not pass the 2021 budget was…

Some MPs’ behaviors worry Makira leaders 

MAKIRA leaders who have asked that their identities are withheld claim the immoral behaviors of some members of the National Parliament are worrying, and are uncalled for.  Makira leaders spoken to say, the worrying and the uncalled-for issue is, some MPs indulge in what has become known in the Solomon Islands as, having O2s and…

Calls for BSP to expand services in Gizo

WITH the rising numbers of Bank South Pacific (BSP) customers accessing services at the Gizo branch after the closure of ANZ in Gizo, Western Province, there are calls for BSP to expand its services. A concerned man speaking on behalf of a number of BSP customers said BSP management should consider expanding its services. A…

Wale hails FIB

LEADER of Opposition Matthew Wale commends Foreign Investment Board (FIB) for demanding Mas Solo Investment to explain its tubi dealings and calls for stringent follow-throughs. “I must once again applaud FIB and the Director for continuing to hold suspected illegal loggers to account.  “As I have said earlier, corruption is a disease that is crippling…

Heated closing for WPA

THE WESTERN Provincial Assembly (WPA) ended with a fiery closing on Thursday as members of the Assembly took time to utilize the motion of Sine Die that was moved the day before by premier David Gina. First to take up the opportunity to speak was the elected representing member for Ward 24 Hon. Samuel Sive who…

Last day of candidate withdrawal 

REGISTERED Candidates to contest the North East Guadalcanal and Central Honiara by-election have until 4 pm today to withdraw their candidacies. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mrs. Jane Waetara confirmed this in a statement to the paper on Wednesday. Mrs. Waetara said the earlier released names of 14 candidates are still subjected to candidate’s withdrawal given…

In court with Assumpta

* Driver of fatal accident to plea* Incest trial ends* $7k fine for traffic offences Driver of fatal accident to plea DRIVER of the bus that hit a male pedestrian in July in the Henderson area, East of Honiara will be entering his plea on Monday next week. Diau Konge, 46, faces one count of…

Suidani commends US support

THE Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani has described the USAID of USD$25 million (SBD$200m) support towards Malaita Province as a great gift from a friend indeed. Premier Suidani told Solomon Star Auki in an interview that the support is huge and will go a long way in developing the province. Mr. Suidani said that he…

STUDENTS’ MEAL IN PHILIPPINES

The government has dismissed the report that local students currently quarantined at hotels in Manila, Philippines are being fed with pig bones. This came after a photo uploaded by one of the students went viral showing images of pig bones served with rice and a slice of ball cabbage. The students claimed that the food…