TELEKOM SHAKE-UP

NPF to sell shares in Our Telekom to Fijian firm By ANDREW FANASIA THE National Provident Fund (NPF) has confirmed holding talks with Fiji’s biggest telecommunications company to sell part of its shares in Solomon Telekom to them. NPF general manager Mike Wate confirmed this in response to enquiries the Solomon Star made to his…

Water rate rise

CUSTOMERS of Solomon Water are expected to see changes in their water bills as of this month. This followed a 5 per cent increase in tariff Solomon Water had introduced, effective as from 1 January 2019. Customers in Honiara, Tulagi, Auki, and Noro will be affected by this latest increase. Chief Executive Officer Ian Gooden…

Manetoali to take plea next

OUTGOING Member for Parliament for Gao/Bugotu, Samuel Manetoali, is likely to take his plea to the conversion charge against him on February 5. His matter was mentioned in court, Tuesday where it was heard that prosecution has now obtained outstanding disclosures. The prosecution had also mentioned they will be particularizing the charge of one count…

GOOD SHOWING

Anti-corruption efforts yield positive results By ANDREW FANASIA SOLOMON Islands is the only country in the Asia Pacific region that improved its score the most from 2017-2018 with plus 5 points in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) That’s according to Transparency Solomon Islands ‘Iron Lady’ Ruth Liloqula. The CPI is a compilation of the results…

Training for election officers underway

A THREE days training for the Election Managers (EM) and Returning Officers (RO) is currently underway in Honiara, leading up to the 2019 National General Elections. The workshop started on Monday.  A total of 10 EM and 50 ROs representing each constituency have participated in the training with other 10 accountant officers for each province. In…

Malaria study making a difference in Guadalcanal

IT is currently the peak time for Malaria transmission. Solomon Islands has one of the highest rates of Malaria in the Pacific Region, according to a 2018 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Transmission rates of malaria are one of the key challenges to meeting the health targets the SIG has committed to in the Sustainable Development Goals…

Importance of sustainability emphasised at JCC 

THE importance of sustainability in terms of harvesting and using of current available forest resources has been highlighted at the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) comprising of various line ministries and stakeholders that has convened its fourth and first meeting for year 2019 recently. JCC was established as one of the monitoring mechanism under the Sustainable…

Malaita records more Tilapia farmers 

MALAITA Province has recorded the highest number of active Tilapia farmers in the country. This is according to the Malaita Provincial Fisheries officer, Mathew Isihanua. Mr Isihanua told Solomon Star Auki in an interview yesterday that currently, the number of active local farmers is over 80.   He said this is a significant increase from the…

Election officers urged to uphold integrity

SOLOMON Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Returning Officers and Election Managers must uphold to the high standard of their duties when carrying their roles and responsibilities in the upcoming elections. Chief Electoral Officer, Mose Saitala highlighted this yesterday when he officially opened the three days training for the Returning Officers, Election Managers and Accountant officers for…