$2M Tourism deal 

MINISTRY of Culture and Tourism (MCT) and the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) on Thursday signed a $2 million grant agreement of Tourism Support Fund.  The agreement was signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) Permanent Secretary, and the DBSI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at…

MV TAIMAREHO TRAGEDY: 102 CHARGES LAID

MV Taimareho captains, shipping directors, former GM face 102 charges   CAPTAINS of MV Taimareho and the shipping company’s directors and former General Manager (GM) had been charged with 102 charges under the Shipping Act following the incident that claimed the lives of 27 people last April. The vessel’s Master is Michael Roy Galo while…

First taro export from Malaita soon

Goshen Enterprise Limited in Malaita Province eyes its first taro export by the end of this year. Speaking to Solomon Star Auki in an exclusive interview yesterday Goshen Enterprise Ltd Operational Manager Levite Luciano Maesimae said Goshen Enterprise Ltd is supported by 24 out-growers throughout the province. Mr.Maesimae said the aim now is to secure…

FORMER PM’s UNFAIRLY TREATED?

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has told two former Prime Ministers they would be made ‘offers’ on government houses the two ex-prime ministers are occupying in Honiara. Former Prime Minister, Francis Billy Hilly told Solomon Star last night this was the outcome of discussions he and former Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza had with Mr. Sogavare Wednesday…

PHEB needs to strike balance

THE Public Health Emergency Bill (PHEB) 2021 is still under the scrutiny of the Bills and Legislation Committee but it seems a lot of work needs to be done to improve its current form. Chairman of BLC and Leader of the Opposition Mathew Wale made this comments when the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster…

Gov’t eyes better tax system

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) is fully committed to deliver a fair, simple and broad- based tax system. The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this recently, a statement issued by Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. “The government is aware that the country’s current tax system is complex, expensive to administer, includes distortionary exemptions,…

Talifilu hits back

Celsus Talifilu has hit back at the Permanent Secretary (PS) of Ministry of Communication and Aviation Moses Virivolomo regarding facts surrounding the meeting with MPG Executive on 18 May last week in Auki, Malaita Province.  The government released a press statement with the headline, “attack on PS baseless” to counter claims made by Mr. Talifilu…

Murder suspect still on the run

THE murder suspect wanted for the killing of a Chinese business woman in Honiara last month is still at large after escaping to Malaita the same day he committed the crime. According to a police report, the suspect has been moving from place to place making it difficult for them to capture him.  Provincial Police…

PROJECTS FACE AXE

World Bank-funded projects on Malaita face uncertainty   SIX infrastructure sub-contracts to be funded by the World Bank on Malaita now face uncertainty and could be axed, it was revealed last night. This is because of the stand the Malaita Provincial Government has taken against any Chinese company bidding for the projects, which involved the…