Students’ unruly behaviour probed

THE Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) is now investigating the shocking reports of drunken disturbances by some Solomon Islanders studying in Suva, Fiji. SISA president Elijah Raomae told the Solomon Star that investigations into the case started as of Monday. “I want to inform you that we are investigating the allegations of drunken disturbance leveled…

In Court, With Assumpta Buchanan

Abia faces trial for murder charge The High Court  trial of a man accused of murdering another man at White River school field last year starts today in the High Court of Solomon Islands. Suspect Joel Abia faces one count of murder in relation to the allegation on 13 April, 2016 and the High Court…

Corporate businesses urged to invest in Auki

Other corporate businesses are being challenged to go over, invest and do business in Malaita province. Our Telekom marketing manager Robert Szetu issued the challenging words when speaking during Our Telekom business update night over the weekend. The event was held in Auki on Friday night.  Mr. Szetu said he wishes to see other corporate…

Sumitomo withdrawal a setback to the industry: SICCI

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) has expressed regret over the withdrawal of Japanese nickel mining giant Sumitomo Metal Mining, and called for improvement to the regulatory policies for incoming investors and businesses. SICCI Chair Jay Bartlett said it is unfortunate and regretful for a major international investor such as SMM to…

GPPOL expanding to Aola

Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) has identified suitable land for expansion further east to the Aola region in East Guadalcanal. The company as part of its long-term development plans surveyed about 8,000 to 10,000 hectares of land in the past months for the expansion of its oil palm plantation. Its short-term goal is to…

FSII appoints interim body

Forum Solomon Islands International has appointed an interim committee to manage the affairs of the social media group after being rocked by a leadership crisis. The FSII President Benjamin Afuga and Vice-President Ishmael Nori have both been forced to resign from their positions after the latter accused the former of corrupt dealings. According to an…

Regional effort needed in Beetle fight

A CONCERTED regional effort is required to eradicate the invasive pest Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), General Manager of Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) Craig Gibsone says. Mr Gibsone on Sunday warned that it is only a matter of time before the pest reaches Vanuatu and Fiji or even the more coconut- dependent countries such…

Manele wants probe into “can of worms”

The Parliamentary Opposition is callings on the government to broaden its suspension order in relation to the civil aviation saga. In a statement on Sunday the Opposition Office said the suspension being served to the Director of Civil Aviation should also include the Minister of Communication and Civil Aviation, the Attorney General and the Civil…

Malaita Premier denies IRPP link

The Malaita Premier Peter Ramohia has denied any affiliation with the Malaita group name Isles of Ramos Peoples’ Power (IRPP). The Malaita group last week came out publicly and voiced its strong support towards current MART government’s idea of Malaita Province seceding from the rest of Solomon Islands to be a sovereign state. The IRPP…