Ship wrecks yet to be returned

THE old wreckage from a sunken ship in the Malaita outer islands are yet to be returned to Dr Reginald Aipia, sources revealed. Speaking to the Solomon Star one of the local scuba divers who helped to salvage the suspected mineral objects from the sunken ship said their boss (Aipia) is still waiting to receive…

Opposition questions Guam FOPA selection

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is concerned that nepotism has influenced the list of cultural groups that will represent Solomon Islands in this year’s Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Opposition said they have received complaints from various cultural groups that they have been misled by the Culture &…

Opposition queries gov’t over diplomatic appointments

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group wants the Government to confirm whether any appointments have been made for the country’s diplomatic offices overseas. In a statement issued yesterday, the Opposition Group said they understand that the country’s diplomatic offices in Taiwan and Canberra have been left vacant whilst there are plans to replace the head of mission…

MMF backs SIPA reform

Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has commended the efforts made by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Collin Yow of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) to put in place new reforms that will generate more revenue for the country. This was revealed in the MMF final reports of their research conducted to unveil the financial status of the…

Heads of Missions consultations

A four day national consultation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) for its Heads of Missions and other relevant stakeholders will begin on Tuesday 29th March. The consultation will see all of the Country’s Heads of Missions from New York, Havana, Brussels, Geneva, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Canberra, Suva, Wellington, Jakarta and…

Caucus hears Ports plan

Solomon Islands indigenous people are being urged to take ownership of their aspirations to develop the national economy thus improving their living standards and reducing the current high cost of living. The sentiments were made Tuesday (March 22) by the Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Colin Yow while presenting the Ports’…

PMO apologises over statement

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) yesterday issued an apology as it retracted a press statement regarding the Court of Appeal decision between Axiom KB Ltd and Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) Ltd. A statement from the PMO said the Government Communication Unit on the sole advise of the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister issued a…

Dr Billy Fito’o, PhD in education

Solomon Islanders in Suva were in tears on Wednesday when the newest Solomon Islander doctorate degree holder, Dr Billy Fito’o was capped at The University of the South Pacific graduation ceremony. Dr Fito’o from Kwara’ae in Mala’ita Province did his research on citizenship education in Solomon Islands.In congratulating Dr Fito’o, one of his mentors, Solomon…

$7M Demand

Water source landowners demand payment of arrears Kongulai water source landowners’ trustees are demanding the government more than SBD$7 million in outstanding arrears for land rental. They want this to be paid up by this Friday, 25th March. Trustees claim the amount of $7,565,655 is to yet to be paid from $10,565,665 as arrears payable…

Japan hands over new clinic to Polo

POLO community, Polo ward, Choiseul Province has been officially handed over a newly built clinic on Thursday last week. Funded by the Japanese government with support from Choiseul Province Health division, the project was signed between the two parties in 2013 and has just been completed. More than $840,000 of funds was used to complete…