Funubana to return to Court Oct 26

THE case of the bus driver accused of abducting a Chinese national and then assaulted him in 2013 will be brought back to the Honiara Magistrates Court on October 26. Eddie Funubana appeared on Tuesday but told the court his lawyer is still awaiting confirmation from the High Court in relation to is Practitioner’s License.…

Sogavare’s $1.5m land buy

It’s a loan, says PM PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says he and his family obtained a loan of $1.5 million to purchase two parcels of land in the Henderson area of east Honiara. Mr Sogavare offered the explanation in parliament yesterday after the land purchase and the source of funding came under scrutiny. “No, we…

More MPs resign

Twelve (12) Members of Parliament (MP) including eight government Ministers have reportedly resigned from the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government on Tuesday night. Their resignation letters are expected to be delivered to the Government House today (Wednesday). A source confirmed to the Solomon Star around mid night last night that the 12 MPs included…

Girl lied being raped

A YOUNG women who earlier alleged being raped in  Auki township, Malaita Province last week had later admitted she was a victim of domestic violence during the incident. The young woman whom this paper carried her story as being raped exactly as she had earlier confessed to Malaita Council of Women centre in Auki had…

Long wait, landowners to mill logs

LANDOWNERS of the Ro’ole Land, East Fataleka in Malaita province are left with no options but to start milling logs that were harvested for export as part of the Evita Agricultural development planned for the area. Reports received by the Solomon Star yesterday said, close to 4000 cubic metres of logs worth nearly SBD$4million dollars…

Poor attendance to parliament

THERE was an apparent poor turn out in Parliament yesterday believed to be connected to the political instability within the government following the removal of senior Government ministers early this week.  Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Douglas Ete resigned on Sunday after learning about the move to remove him. The parliament chamber was half full when…

Opposition:PM’s $1.5m purchase shocking

THE Leader of Opposition, Jeremiah Manele had urged Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare to explain to the people of Solomon Islands where he had sourced the $1.5 million he had used to purchase two plots of land and properties at the Henderson area, east Honiara. The Opposition Leader made the call following revelations published by this…

National midwifery conference underway

THE national midwifery conference is currently underway at the Melanesian Haus, Saint Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara. With the theme “Restrengthening Midwifery in the Solomon Islands”, the conference entered its first day yesterday. More than 50 midwives and other health professionals from all over the country are attending the conference. During the event, the participants will…

Code share deal provides massive opportunity tourism

FOLLOWING the sealing of an agreement last week for the code-share between Solomon Airlines and Qantas, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has described the deal as a catalyst with the potential to thrust the country fully into the international tourism spotlight. Roundly congratulating the ‘Solomon Airlines’ team responsible for forging the agreement with its…