Australia’s defence minister here

AUSTRALIA’S Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne is visiting the country on Thursday. She was in Tonga on Wednesday.  Minister Payne’s visit to Tonga and Solomon Islands coincides with a period of high engagement with Australia’s Pacific partners through Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18).  In Tonga yesterday, Minister Payne participated in a number of activities as…

Oelyn wins seat in West election

OELYN Muala is the only female candidate to have won a seat in the Western Provincial Assembly elections held on Wednesday. She is the new provincial member for Ward 6 on Rannogga Island. Mrs Muala is the wife of South Choiseul MP Elijah Doro Muala. “I am looking forward to serving and working closely with…

Fokker 70 aircraft steps in

HIRED Fokker 70 aircraft from Brisbane-based Alliance Airlines based in Australia has serviced the Solomon Airlines operated Brisbane-Honiara-Tarawa international route. The aircraft arrived in Honiara before going on to Tarawa a little bit late than schedule. It will return to Honiara today and continues on to Brisbane. National flag carrier Solomon Airlines was forced to…

Malaita support for free West Papua intact

MALAITA provincial government has maintained its support and stand for a free West Papua. This was highlighted during a dialogue held in Auki last month between representatives from the national government, civil society, Indonesian government and Malaita provincial government. The visiting team was led by Rence Sore of the Prime Minister’s office to discuss matters…

Six years for manslaughter

A MAN accused of the death of another man at Fulisango, Honiara, in July last year has been sentenced to six years in jail, Wednesday. John Sangolafa, who was initially charged with murder, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of manslaughter. He was supposed to stand trial starting Monday last week. However, following…

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE COMING

Sir Kabui: Prepare to deal with it By ANDREW FANASIA SOLOMON Islands Governor General Sir Frank Kabui has made a remarkable and bold statement about the position of the country on the issue of ‘same sex marriage’, which is now a talk of the globe. This was when he addressed the leaders, diplomatic corps and…

POLLING DAY!

Western, Choiseul set to elect new members By ANDREW FANASIA VOTERS in Western and Choiseul province will go to the polls today to elect their new provincial assembly members. The polls open at 7am and close at 5pm. Western Province Returning Officer (RO) Hopeful Piosasa told the Solomon Star from Gizo yesterday that all the…

Her Majesty The Queen to honour young person from the Solomon Islands with prestigious Award for improving the lives of others

Her Majesty The Queen will present Millicent Barty from the Solomon Islands with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, on Tuesday 26th June. The Awards recognise the work that young people from across the Commonwealth are doing to transform lives in their community and beyond. Millicent, 27, from…