Airlines extends dry lease contract for H4-Bus

SOLOMON Airlines has extended the dry lease contract for its Solomon Islands registered A320 aircraft H4-Bus for another four year term. The extension of the contract follows a visit by the Director of Civil Aviation Authority Solomon Islands, Mr George Satu and a Solomon Airlines team to the ST Aerospace Engineering Pte Ltd in Singapore…

Dr Sikua: I have the duty to speak out

THE Leader of Independent Group, Dr Derek Sikua said he was astounded at the Prime Minister’s attacking response in the daily Newspapers, Monday. Manasseh Sogavare described Dr Sikua as ‘irresponsible and power hungry’ in a response to Dr Sikua’s press statement late last week on the issue of $3million payout to former combatants. “This issue…

PM Sogavare, Minister Doromuala shown samples of SI e-passports

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration Hon Elijah Doromuala were yesterday shown samples of Solomon Islands electronic passports and given a demo on how electronic passports are produced by the IRIS Group contracted by the government to produce electronic passports for Solomon Islands. The IRIS Group is…

177 SIG students terminated

HUNDRED seventy-seven (177) students studying under Government (SIG) sponsorship at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji including other overseas institutions had their scholarships terminated last year. This was after they failed two or more of their courses. NTU Director, Clement Tito revealed the figure to students on Wednesday at the NTU office.…

OPMC lashed out at NZ Journo’s article

THE Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has strongly deplored the allegation by a New Zealand Journalist Michael Field that Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare had staged the 2000 coup. The claim is carried in Field’s article ‘War in Solomon Islands circles’ that was published in the Island Sun Newspaper. A government statement…

Police arrest 3 suspects in relation to bank robbery

HONIARA City Police Detectives have made significant progress with their investigation in relation to the alleged robbery incident at Point Cruz, Monday this week. Three male suspects has been arrested at the Hammock Beach area at approximately 8.30 pm  on Monday. The alleged robbery incident occurred at the BSP BANK that was formerly the Westpac Bank…

Australia, SI unite to support Vanuatu national election

AUSTRALIA and Solomon Islands are providing naval assistance to Vanuatu for its national election this week. On the 12th of January, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel LATA and crew departed Honiara for Port Vila. The vessel will replace Vanuatu’s Pacific Patrol Boat, TUKORO, which was damaged during Tropical Cyclone Pam. Australia has funded the deployment…

legal year opens

THE 2016 legal year has been officially opened yesterday (Monday) in a ceremonial sitting at the High Court. The event started off with the inspection of the Guard of Honour in front of the High Court by Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer. This followed by speeches from the Attorney General, President of the Bar Association…

Communities say good-bye to water problem

RESIDENTS of Darikwata and Namoia village along Kwaibaita valley in East Malaita finally have access to clean drinking water. The community is now able to fetch fresh running water by turning on a tap from a stand pipe at their door step thanks to their Provincial member for ward 16, Hon Finley Fiumae. Mr Fiumae…

Education is a lifelong process!

WITH the quick released of school results for forms 1, 4 & 6 placements for this year 2016, parents now have ample time to prepare for their children school return. Unlike the past years, the slow release give parents no enough time to prepare, fueling heavy criticism to the Ministry of Education & Human Resources…

$3 million payment questioned

FORMER Guadalcanal militants from the Weathercoast in South Guadalcanal are questioning the real intention of the government paying $3 million to ex-militants from Malaita. A spokesman, who wants his name withheld, told the Sunday Star that his group of ex-combatants also demand a similar payment to be made to them. He said whilst it is…

Sir Francis heads Vanuatu’s mission

A FORMER Solomon Islands Parliamentarian and Prime Minister, Sir Francis Billy Hilly, has been appointed to head the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Observer Mission to Vanuatu’s Snap Elections scheduled for January 22, 2016. The mission was established following a request from the Republic of Vanuatu Government to the Melanesian Spearhead Group Chair- Solomon Islands Prime…