Opposition suggests COI into beche-de-mer saga

AN independent commission of inquiry (COI) to investigate the allegations of corruption within the local bêche-de-mer industry should be established. The call was made by Opposition Leader Manasseh Maelanga on Wednesday. Mr Maelanga said the bêche-de-mer industry if properly managed by the government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources should be one of…

Dr Sikua: Sogavare’s statement questionable

Leader of the Independent Group and Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal Dr Derek Sikua has labeled the statement by the Minister of Finance and Treasury on the transaction pertaining to the final settlement of the outstanding agreement with Levers Solomons Limited for the acquisition of Hells Point and Bloody Ridge and the transfer…

BIG TUNA HIT

Soltuna exports first canned tuna products to US market By RONALD TOITO’ONA SOLTUNA has recently made history by producing The Tuna Store’s Ocean Naturals brand of canned tuna for shipment to the United States (U.S) market. The first shipment of the newly branded Ocean Naturals to the U.S. market from SolTuna was made on October…

HCC to ban foreign owned buses

HONIARA City Council (HCC) will ban foreign owned buses operating in Honiara city. That was according to City Mayor Andrew Mua in an exclusive interview over the weekend. He said their input into the Bus Ordinance will promote indigenous business rights. “It is obvious that some of the foreign owned business houses have ventured into…

GOLD HUNT

Sharon vows to win three gold By SIMON ABANAIn Port Vila, Vanuatu SOLOMON Islands long distance queen Sharon Firisua is determined to win three gold medals at the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games after she won her first in the 10,000 metre yesterday. Firisua clocked a time of 39 minutes and 25 seconds ahead of…

Wate is new NPF head

Michael Wate has been appointed the new general manager of Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (NPF). He replaces Tony Makabo, who has held the post over the last 14 years. Prior to his appointment, Wate was NPF’s deputy general manager, a position he held for nearly 12 years. Deputy chairman of the NPF board, Gideon…

Inmates share gifts with families

Twenty selected inmates at Rove Correctional Centre were given the chance to meet their children and present them with Christmas gifts, last Friday. The annual event, called the ‘Angel Tree Program’ was organised by the Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) in partnership with the Prison Fellowship. Futsal star Elliot Ragomo was invited to give a…

DPP appeals Sae verdict

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is appealing the High Court decision that acquitted Edmond Sae of former police commissioner Sir Fredrick Soaki’s murder. DPP Ronald BeiTalasasa told the Solomon Star he lodged the appeal with the High Court, Friday. “We are appealing the entire decision, including the manslaughter conviction pronounced at the No case…

BUSINESS WARNING

Council wants no more foreign owned fish & chips restaurant By TEDDY KAFO  HONIARA City Council (HCC) has warned foreign owned ‘fish n chips’ restaurant owners of a new measure to regulate the market and business reserves. This new Act will ensure only locals are allowed to operate ‘fish&chip’ or kai-bars in the city. City…