$5M BUDGET CONFINED

Govt’s 2020 tourism budget is too small: Tuamoto By IAN M.KAUKUI IF the government wanted to see real changes in the Solomon Islands tourism sector, it should have doubled the SBD$5 million budget for the 2020 financial year. Tourism Solomons chief executive officer  Josefa Tuamoto made the statement in a short press conference at the…

GG recognizes US commitment here

GOVERNOR General Rt Rev. Sir David Vunagi has acknowledged the United States commitment to Solomon Islands development aspirations over four decades since the formal establishment of diplomatic relations on the 9th of October 1978, Solomon Islands and the United States. Speaking on the occasion of the presentation of credentials by her Excellency Mrs. Erin Elizabeth…

New NRH morgue opens

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) on Friday marked another important milestone in the opening of the new mortuary. It is located at the Eastern end of the hospital’s compound. Speaking at the launching, the NRH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Steve Aumanu said that the mortuary has now shifted its services from the old facility…

Traditional Chiefs visit Rove Corrections

FOUR Traditional Chiefs from Isabel Province has visited Rove Central Correctional Centre (RCCC), Thursday this week. The visit was made possible under the CSSI Act 2007, Section 30. ‘Visits by religious representatives, traditional elders and respected persons within the Correctional Centres’’. CSSI Commissioner Gabriel Manelusi has approved this Isabel Traditional Elders to make a visit…

First of its kind

OPMC initiates Govt-Media dialogue A Government-media dialogue has been initiated involving senior government officials and media managers in the media industry. In a first of its kind meeting today, the Deputy Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Derek Mane who chaired the meeting briefed the media managers on the new initiative undertaken by the Office of…

SI can be a top tourist target: PM

SOLOMON Islands have the potential to develop itself into one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the region.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this during the launching of the Tourism in Focus 2020 at the Heritage Park Hotel today. Prime Minister Sogavare said the tourism industry has the potential to become the main revenue…

Parapolo’s petition dismissed 

THE election petition case lodged against the MP for Gela, Bartholomew Parapolo has been dismissed, Thursday in the High Court. Justice Leonard Maina dismissed the eight grounds of bribery and two counts of undue influence against the Gela MP due to insufficient evidence after a trial. Following the judgment, Mr Parapolo retains his seat as…

Operation ‘Hunt-man’ still on

POLICE are continuing to ask for communities’ assistance in their “Operation Hunt-Man” to locate the two remaining prison escapees. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau at the weekly commissioner’s conference on Thursday said public participation in this operation is required. “The operation is still ongoing,” Mr Mangau told reporters. Mr Mangau appealed to members of the…

Bio-security seize betel-nut bags 

THE Bio-security Division in Western Province has confiscated so far 25 bags of betel-nuts from Bougainvillea bound for Gizo, transported by a Shortland Islander. The Solomon Star was told that a 60 horse-powered (hp) ray boat from the Shortlands has been caught by the Gizo Police officers and Bio-security officer at the shores of Gizo. A…

Impose license for boat operators, say Chief

A CHIEF of Purinabangara, Katupika District in South Choiseul has called on responsible authorities to impose license to boat owners who provide transportation between Western and Choiseul province seas.  Chief Rence Zama made the call after the boat that carried nine people went missing on January 15 in the waters between Western and Choiseul provinces.…