Women celebrate international day

MORE women from the government ministries, non-government organizations and stakeholders in Honiara have celebrated international women’s day yesterday in Honiara.  Despite the mid-morning heat the women kicked off their celebration with a a paraded from Honiara City Council which ended up at the SMI compound. “Today, international women’s day had drawn women from all corners…

Councilor Malefo sworn in

Newly elected Councilor for Vuhokesa ward in Honiara Greg Malefo has given his affirmation of allegiance on Tuesday. After been declared the winner, Malefo now has officially taken up the full responsibility to perform and participate as an elected Councilor in the Honiara City Council and his ward. City Clerk Charles Kelly said this now…

Not Gold!

Ship’s find are products of no value SUSPECTED “gold bars” salvaged from a sunken ship in the Malaita Outer Islands were found not to be gold. Experts from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, who physically checked the consignment, confirmed this to the Solomon Star yesterday. “They’re not gold, just a mixture of iron and…

Career diplomat dies

THE country has lost one of its long-serving diplomats and public servants on Monday this week. Beraki Jino, who hailed from Marovo in Western Province, died at the National Referral Hospital after a long illness. As a career diplomat who had worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years, Mr Jino had served…

‘World Vision gets behind gender equality’

World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) is standing behind this year’s International Women’s Day, which calls on the international community to “Pledge for Parity” and increase equality for all women. International Women’s Day is marked annually every 8th March and aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women everywhere. This year World…

Iromea plans to sue

BURNS Creek community chairman John Seti Iromea is now filing a court case to sue the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lau/Mbaelelea Augustine Auga and the Island Sun newspaper for Defamation of character. Speaking to the Solomon Star last week, Mr Iromea said this was in relation to an article published by the paper on…

No sex claim probe?

Ramobatu says he’s not aware of PMO sexual harassment investigation Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has said an investigation into sexual harassment claim in his office is being investigated. He did not say who is investigating the claim. But Secretary to Cabinet, James Remobatu, who should be aware of the investigation, told the Sunday Star he was…

SI second expensive in internet service

Solomon Islands has the second most expensive internet service in the Pacific region. Papua New Guinea tops the list of 12 Pacific countries in a study carried out by Network Strategies of New Zealand on internet access affordability published on its website. According to them, the last updated report on internet access affordability on Pacific…

RAMSI chief addresses Chamber members

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Quinton Devlin, discussed RAMSI’s drawdown and support to the RSIPF with  members of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SICCI) at the Heritage Hotel in Honiara on Friday.  Noting that RAMSI was today solely a policing assistance mission, Devlin highlighted the enormous progress made the by RSIPF since 2003, including…

Australia opens its labour market

Solomon Islands and Australia have committed to a new understanding to foster greater cooperation and increase joint efforts in seasonal labour mobility. The MoU between the Government of Australia and the Government of Solomon Islands in support of the Seasonal Workers Programme was signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade Milner Tozaka…