Auki residents happy to get rain

Residents in and around Auki town, Malaita province were excited to finally receive rain water on Tuesday morning, after many weeks without rain.. The rainfall lasted more than 5 hours much to the relief of the residents who depends on rain water for drinking. Speaking to this paper in Auki a resident John Tua said,…

Bmobile/Vodafone and Ausmart opens new phone booth

THE country’s second mobile entrant, Bmobile/Vodafone in partnership with the popular stationary supplier Ausmart has officially opened a new phone booth at the Ausmart’s Town Ground branch on Tuesday. It was the first booth to be launched in Honiara by Bmobile, as part of its expansion in serving the country, especially Honiara through telecommunication. Speaking…

New shipping service for Ulawa, Ugi and Kirakira

A NEW fortnightly shipping service to Ulawa, Ugi, Kirakira including Three Sister Islands is starting on 18 August 2015. A two-year contract for the service has been awarded to Marau Shipping Services Limited.  Funding is being provided jointly by the Solomon Islands Government and the Asian Development Bank. Moses Virivolomo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry…

Bmobile/Vodafone on expansion mode

BMOBILE/VODAFONE is currently engaging in its expansion mode, where yesterday it officially launched its first ever phone booth in Honiara. This was revealed by the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Niall Downey in an interview with members of the media on Tuesday. “We have just finished our project and we are the largest network provider…

HMNZS Wellington here, sailors at civic duty

SAILORS on board the New Zealand Offshore Patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington are currently undergoing renovation work in a number of health centres and the Multipurpose Hall this week. The vessel which arrived early this week is part of a Goodwill visit organised by the New Zealand government. As of yesterday until tomorrow groups of sailors…

$8.9M grant

…After three years Malaita finally receives provincial grant MALAITA province is now qualified to receive its SBD$8.9million grant under the Provincial Government Strengthening Program this year. This was confirmed by the Malaita provincial Premier Peter Chanel Ramohia in an interview on Monday. Mr Ramohia who could not hide his excitement after receiving the news said,…

HMNZS Wellington civic duties in Honiara

A New Zealand Offshore Patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington will berth at Point Cruz this week ahead of a series of commemorations across the Solomon Islands this week. A statement from the New Zealand Embassy said, during this time groups of sailors will be supporting a number of civic activities across Honiara coordinated via New Zealand…

Billion dollar scheme poised corrupt

THE GOVERNMENT’S multi-billion dollar housing scheme had come under public criticism. Many members of the public have contacted Solomon Star by telephone voicing strong opposition and doubts about the credibility of the proposed scheme. Last week the Parliamentary Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele also strongly lashed out against  the proposed scheme describing it as another fraudulent…

Sore: Moves to deregister FSII an option

Special Secretary to Prime Minister (SSPM) Rence Sore says the move to de-register the popular face book group known as Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) is just an option because of its political involvement. Speaking to the Solomon Star on Monday Mr Sore said, FSII should remain neutral in their role, not political involvement. “Their…