If I were?

Dear Editor – If I was contemplating going to the Solomon Islands as a visitor or a potential investor, today, what would I consider? I have to confess that I am not a wholly unbiased or impartial correspondent on the question because of my past time spent in the Solomon Islands.  I do have, however,…

Solomon soccer

Dear Editor – As usual, Solomon Islands soccer ranking keeps on sliding into the abyss. SIFF officials over the years have been responsible for most of the demise. However, FIFA, the governing body, bears a large responsibility for this predicament as well. Improving soccer standard and ranking on the FIFA table directly depends on the…

Workers Policy

Dear Editor – I am glad to note from a report in your paper that the Commissioner of Labour and his team are taking steps to review our current labour laws and policies.  Just a strong reminder to Mr Commissioner not to be too carried away by the ILO labour standards but to look at…

The rays come all the way

Dear Editor – Please publish the following poem: The rays come all the wayReaches my soul on the bayFixing nets to throw overThe sea on the first moonLight casts my shadow on the blue seaNot knowing whose sea is this now After it was signed into an MPABut I need the meat as proteinI suppose…

Time to say enough is enough

THE Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) is at it again. As though they have not awarded enough yet to the Members of Parliament, this year PEC has given the MPs tax free salaries, life-time pension, and a 3.5% pay rise. It was only two years ago that PEC increased MPs terminal grant from $100,000 to $400,000.…

Nation leads the region in SOE reform

SOLOMON Islands leads the region in the reform of its state-owned enterprises (SOEs), a forum heard yesterday. Asian Development Bank (ADB) revealed this during a State Owned Enterprises (SOE) forum held in Honiara.  “The finding balance 2014: Benchmarking the performance of State Owned Enterprises in Islands countries ,shows that in the last five years the…

Kola, Hunikera face court

TWO former senior police officers face the Honiara Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday, on traffic related offences. Former deputy police commissioner Walter Kola is facing one count of careless & inconsiderate driving and one count of failing to stop and report. These were in relation to the allegation on 11 April 2014, at Point Cruz when he…

Taiwanese gets conditional discharge

A TAIWANESE, who pleaded guilty to one count of common assault, has been given a conditional discharge. Sean Warren Hou, 53, had earlier denied the allegation. His matter was listed for trial twice before he decided to enter a guilty plea yesterday when it came for trial. Hou is without a lawyer after his lawyer…

Husband, wife face forgery charges

A MAN and his wife have been charged with the forgery of more than $15,000 from a private account at the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) Agent at Lata, Temotu Province. Eddie Vaurou is facing 24 counts of forgery of certain documents with intend to defraud while Doreen Sanubo faces one count of forgery with…

Kwarea road needs repair

KWARA’AE constituents residing in the mountains of the Kwarea bridge region have called for the urgent repair of that portion of road. Chairman of Namoia Community High School Enoch Idui told the Solomon Star in Auki the steep road connecting high Kwarea Bridge is very dangerous for vehicle to use. “This is a very important…