Build God-fearing families: Priest

PARISHIONERS of Christ the King parish in East Honiara have farewelled 2014 with an encouraging message. The service was held at the church compound last Wednesday night purposely for them to confess their sins before entering New Year. Parish priest Fr Gabriel Fo’oa said it was an important time to leave all their sins and…

God is in Control

As we begin this year 2015, we don’t know what it holds for each and every one of us. There is no doubt that there will be challenges and difficulties on the way which could either draws us closer to God or takes us away from Him. Whatever we encounter on the way, let us…

Sustainable economic development vital

SUSTAINABLE economic development in the region is vital to address social needs ranging from health and education, to environmental and cultural protection, says a report released by the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative. In its seventh progress report for July 2013 — June 2014, PSDI said this could not occur without resources generated by private…

PNG aims for balance budget

Papua New Guinea Government has handed down yet again another historic budget – a record K16.2 billion (US$6.19b) in comparison with three previous biggest budgets of US$5.7b in 2014, US$4.9b in 2013, and US$4.01b in 2012. The 2015 Budget has been framed against a backdrop of moderate, albeit strengthening global economic growth and continued domestic…

Negotiations to resolve air impasse underway

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Milner Tozaka has reportedly made direct contacts with his counterpart in Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, to resolve the long-drawn air services impasse between the two countries. This came after he took up his ministerial appointment before New Year. Mr Tozaka told Solomon Star last night he is treating the standing issue…

Opposition welcomes Govt’s plan to establish ICAC

THE Parliamentary Opposition has welcomed and acknowledged the announcement made by the Prime Minister to establish an independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC). Leader of Opposition Jeremiah Manele in a statement on Monday said the Parliamentary Opposition Group fully supports the establishment of an ICAC. Mr Manele said for many years, undetected and unchecked corruption in…

PM defends Sore’s appointment

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has defended his decision to appoint the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines Rence Sore to the position of Special Secretary to the Prime Minister. This followed disapproval expressed by the Office of the Leader of Opposition and Gold Ridge landowners over Mr Sore’s appointment, alleging that the appointee…

Sore is the best choice: PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says Rence Sore is his best choice for the Special Secretary to Prime Minister’s (SSPM) job. Mr Sogavare made the defence after the Opposition and Gold Ridge landowners alleged that Mr Sore is yet to be cleared as a suspect in the $18-Million Gold Ridge royalty payment scandal.  “He has the…

Opposition questions ‘prompt’ axing of Bingtang

THE Office of the Leader of Opposition has questioned the swift move by the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government to cancel Bingtang Borneo’s prospecting license for Rennel/Bellona Province. The statement said it was a concern that cancelling Bingtang’s license was one of DCCs top priority. The Opposition Office said the Government’s decision to kick…