Bainimarama tells PIDF leaders to redouble efforts

The outgoing chair of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Prime Minister Hon Frank Bainimarama of Fiji said the PIDF’s fourth Leaders’ Summit, which begins in Honiara yesterday, will build on the commitment in the Suva Declaration to push for the limitation of global temperature rise to 1.5 Degrees Centigrade. Hon Bainimarama made the remarks…

‘Shipping grant payout normal’

PAYMENTS of shipping grants to Members of Parliament (MP) is a normal thing done by previous governments. Permanent Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) Henry Murray revealed this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star. “Paying out shipping grants to Members of Parliament (MP) is not new, as it is a…

Island Link hits back

…Plans to sue TSI THE Director Operation of the Island Link Shipping Services (ILSS) says they are pursuing legal action to sue Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) following claims that ILSS is a ghost company. Clive Runimetu said this in an interview yesterday after reports issued by TSI and publicized in this Paper on Friday last…

Surgical Doctors to visit Gizo

A TEAM of medical Doctors from Australia will be touring Gizo hospital on a surgical trip from the 24th of this month to the 30th. They are members of the Doctors Assisting In Solomon Islands (DAISI). Reports reaching the Solomon Star said, the visit will be for general and colorectal surgery and dental or maxillofacial…

Three accused told to get lawyers

Two men and a woman accused of breaking into a shop’s storage container, stealing soft drinks worth more than $200, 000 are still without lawyers. Charles Sanga and David Kereka yesterday told the court they have made requests to the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) but no one visited them as of yet. The third accused,…

Be Happy Ministry on the move

THE founder of the famous Be Happy Ministry Mambo Fangaria in Honiara says he will continue to dress the sick as part of his ministry. Last week he started by distributing clothes to the sick currently admitted at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara. The new initiative is part of his ongoing work to…

National Freshwater Aquaculture Centre re-opens in Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu – Vanuatu’s newly rehabilitated National Freshwater Aquaculture Centre which was severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam last year, was officially re-opened in Port Vila on Friday (8 July). The ceremony was attended by Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Matai Seremaia; Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utility,…

Closed casino boss pleaded not guilty

The managing director of the closed down mini casino Cyber King has on Monday denied the allegations against him. Ting Kwong Hing entered not guilty pleas to the charges of unlawful commercial gaming and unlawful possession of instruments for gaming. His was charged under section 10 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act. The new mini…

MPs join parliamentary workshop in London

Two Members of the National Parliament have successfully participated in a workshop hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association United Kingdom (CPA UK), in London. The programme aimed to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of parliamentarians and parliamentary officials in the financial scrutiny and oversight of aid by both aid donors and recipient countries in order…

PIDF starts today

THE Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit is set to start today in Honiara, with a grand opening ceremony at the Lawson Tama Stadium, at 7am.  “Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Nations” is the theme of the Leaders Summit. It will run starting today till tomorrow, at the Mendana Hotel According to the chair…