Facebook ban is an attack on human rights

Civil Society Organisations in the Solomon Islands are utterly disappointed with the Cabinet’s decision to suspend the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook. A statement from the Development Services Exchange (DSE) said at a time when Solomon has confirmed cases of Covid-19 and updates are shared through the platform, the government moves to shut it…

SOPE APPROVED

Govt urged to speed the bill Parliament has passed the motion to approve the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) and for its continuation moved by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Thursday. Parliament approved the Proclamation by His Excellency the Governor-General declaring a State of Public Emergency exists in the Solomon Islands, on 25th November 2020 pursuant…

Ban yeast not Facebook, says MPCW President

Outspoken President of Malaita Provincial Council of Women (MPCW) Martha Rurai says the government should work on banning yeast that is used to produce Kwaso and homebrew instead of the controversial Facebook ban. She told Solomon Star in an exclusive interview at the launching of 16 days of activism against Gender-Based violence in Auki on…

BNE, AKL, HIR repatriation flight set

Subject to regulatory approval, the national flag carrier will operate a further repatriation flight in early December to bring more stranded Solomon Islands citizens home via New Zealand. Solomon Airlines in a statement said the repatriation flight will operate as follows: 6 December – Flight IE630 Brisbane-Auckland-Honiara will depart Brisbane at 9.15 am arriving in…

Inmate pleads: stay away from crime

AN inmate who was invited to speak at the launching of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and domestic violence has made an emotional plea to men and boys to stay away from crime and prison. “Life behind the bar is life without freedom. It is stressful,” Ben Sale Tofalu told the gathering…

11 doctors graduate from Internship Bridging Program with support from Australia 

Eleven young Solomon Islands doctors graduated today (26 November) from the Bridging Internship Program in a special ceremony held at Honiara’s National Referral Hospital (NRH). The program ensures that medical graduates who have returned from overseas study are properly prepared before they commence formal medical intern training.  The Bridging Internship Program, run by the Solomon…

Workshop on gender based-violence 

MORE than 60 church representatives in Honiara have attended a two days workshop on 16 Days Activism on gender cased-violence this week. The workshop was jointly facilitated by Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA) and Solomon Islands full Gospel Association (SIFGA) women’s leaders.  It was held on Monday and Tuesday this week at St. Barnabas Cathedral…

HCC, Plan International, YWCA seal deal

PARTNERSHIP Agreements aimed at promoting “Safer Cities for Girls” have been signed-in a tripartite arrangement involving the Plan International Solomon Islands (PISI), the Honiara City Council (HCC) and the Young Women’s Christian Association, (YWCA). City Clerk Rence Sore and the Country Program Manager of Plan International Solomon Islands, Ella Kauhue signed the first accord last…

ATA conducts grading

Auki Taekwondo Academy (ATA) on Tuesday conducted its second and final grading test promotion for the year 2020.  Thirty students in total were graded during the test promotion, which was held at the Auki Primary School (APS) hall from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  It was the third grading conducted by ATA since its formation…