KOICA hands over new aquaculture lab to SINU

It was on December of 2017 that KOICA presented to Solomon Islands National University (SINU) the world class Fisheries complex which young Solomon Islanders are currently enjoying today. Wednesday’s KOICA’s generous assistance was again witnessed by SINU with the handing over of the new Aquaculture Laboratory. Speaking during the hand-over ceremony, Country Director of KOICA…

Kenilorea Jnr: Our leaders failed us

Solomon Islands United Party President Peter Kenilorea Junior says their Party believes that the current leaders are failing the people of Solomon Islands. Kenilorea Junior said this failure also applies to Malaita leaders who also failed the people of Malaita. He said this failure is evident in the way that development is very slow in…

Overseas journos banned

INTERNATIONAL journalists were banned from covering and entering the oil spill site and the wrecked MV Solomon Trader in Rennell Island, Wedesday. Reliable sources told the Solomon Star that it was believed that orders to stop the journalists came from Honiara and few people on the ground on Rennell who are agents of Bintan Mining…

Sogavare: we leave behind $188M plus cash reserves

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) had ended its term in office with more than $188million in cash reserves for working capital for the new government. That’s according to outgoing Finance minister Manasseh Sogavare. “This is a net of un-presented cheques of $25.9 million, which is $214million gross,” Sogavare claimed. He stated this during…

MP’s tax-free to be scrapped

ABC: For the first time in four years, Member of Parliament (MP) will be required to pay tax on their salaries. Solomon Islands’ Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) will be gazetting the new regulations on April 1 to remove, tax exemptions that were granted in 2015. Commission Chairman Johnson Siapu has confirmed the changes with ABC,…

Kimi new census chief

DOUGLAS Kimi who is the Government Statistician is now the new 2019 National Census Commissioner. Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou officially announced this on Monday as the country is heading towards the next National Census in November. He said the announcement was made in accordance to the Census Act (Chapter 53). “I now invoke Section…

1,041 polling stations set up across nation

CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou has announced that a total of 1,041 polling stations will be set up across the country for the April 3 polls. Hou made this announcement during his final press conference as a caretaker PM in Honiara on Tuesday “Details of the polling stations will be published in the newspapers this…

Kenilorea: 2019 Elections a crucial one

LEADER of United Party (UP) Peter Kenilorea Junior says the 2019 National General Election is a crucial one for Solomon Islands given the first election to be held after RAMSI’s departure. Kenilorea highlighted this during the launching of his counterpart Party candidate for West Honiara John Kwaita on Sunday. “Every elections is important but the…

Murray to be sentenced March 29

THE former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Henry Murray will be sentenced on March 29. This followed the sentencing submissions and mitigation made on his case on Monday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. Murray was convicted last year of defrauding the government of more than 700, 000. He was found guilty…