Auki police raid marijuana garden

Auki police uprooted 41 plants when they raided a marijuana garden at Buiano community in west Kwara’ae, Malaita, Friday. Police said the plants have a street value of $50,000. Auki Inspector Timothy Apaesi told the Sunday Star the raid was made possible with the help and cooperation of community leaders. “The owner of the garden…

Australian delegation concludes Pacific visit

Four Australian parliamentarians led by the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, left Honiara last Thursday after a successful visit. In a meeting with Prime Minister Sogavare, Minister Ciobo reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to a strong partnership with Solomon Islands focusing on stability, economic growth and human development. “I was…

Gege is new Malaita PS

MALAITA Premier Peter Ramohia yesterday announced that Jackson Gege is the province’s new Provincial Secretary. Premier Ramohia says the appointment will be formalised soon. “I am informed by the Permanent Secretary of Provincial Government and Strengthening, Dick Pirione earlier on about the post,” Mr Ramohia said. “He will work with my executive to ensure formal…

Mature denies indecent allegations

A 55 year-old man has denied allegations that he indecently assaulted three young girls in the Central Islands Province since last year. The man who cannot be named to protect the identity of the girls of which one was young as 10 years old, faces four counts of indecent assault. He denied the allegations in…

New RAMSI chief takes up job

QUINTON Devlin, the new Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), took up his position this week after being appointed in late October. The RAMSI intervention led by Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific Islands Forum member countries started in July 2003 at the invitation of the Government of Solomon Islands…

PM wants end to guns

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Anti-corruption day

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) will be marking the 2015 International Anti- Corruption Day at the National Art Gallery today. This year’s theme for the event is “Break the Corruption Chain.” The event starts, 8am with a walk from Honiara City car park to the National Art Gallery where the program proper will be unveiled. Prime…

Corruption day competition winners

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) has announced the lucky winners of the international anti-corruption day short essay and poetry competition. The short essay competition prizes to; Laine Ryan in first, the 2nd to Emy Pisihania Rusi and 3rd prize goes to Lanique Pitasua. For the poetry competition, the prizes go to the following; 1st prize goes…

Airlines seals new code-share deal

Hard on the heels of commencing a significant codeshare agreement with Qantas Airways, Solomon Airlines has now officially validated a tripartite code-share agreement with fellow Melanesian carriers Air Niugini and Air Vanuatu. Initially announced in principle last February, the watershed agreement confirming the code-share was officially signed by the heads of all three carriers at…