MMERE holds consultation at Gold Ridge

THE Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) on Tuesday conducted a successful consultation with members of the land owning groups at Gold Ridge Mine site. The consultation mainly focused on the National Minerals Policy, Mining Bill and the Solomon Islands Minerals Advisory Centre (SIMAC), a new avenue the government has decided to include…

Oti, Nasiu vying for Speaker’s post

Former Solomon Islands diplomat Patterson Oti and 10th Parliament speaker Ajilon Nasiu will be vying for the speaker’s post during the election which set down for today. This is the first sitting of the 11th parliament. He was nominated by the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) while Nasiu was nominated by the Parliamentary Opposition…

BLOCKED FROM EXAMS

Gov’t fails students studying in Philippine Uni due to unpaid fees By ANDREW FANASIA MORE than 300 Solomon Islands’ students studying in AMA Quezon City Campus in the Philippines are in shock after they were denied entry into the exam venue due to unpaid tuition by the Government. Speaking to Solomon Star from the Philippines…

Agovaka’s verdict likely today

RULING into the assault case of the re-elected Central Guadalcanal MP, Peter Shanel Agovakais likely to be handed down this morning. This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi adjourned the matter from last month to today for the ruling. This ruling will determine whether Agovaka is guilty of the assault offence or not. If he…

ACOM run schools to ban sales of junk, oily food

THE Anglican Church of Melanesian (ACOM) operated school throughout the country will ban the sales of all sugary and greasy (oil) food to their students. ACOM has about 31 schools operating in the country ranging from ECE, primary, secondary and Rural Training Centres (RTC). Currently the ACOM education authority (EA) is working on a policy…

11th Parliament 1st meeting Wednesday

The first meeting of the 11th Parliament is scheduled for tomorrow – Wednesday the 15th of May 2019. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare wrote to His Excellency, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui the Governor General of Solomon Islands advising him of his decision to convene the first meeting on the above date. This first meeting will convene…

Taiwan still a close friend: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured a stronger relationship with its long-time partner, the Republic of China (Taiwan). Sogavare highlighted this in his speech last Wednesday night, at a dinner hosted on-board the ROC Navy Squadron Flagship. This camefollowing what he described as a fruitful meeting with His Excellency the Ambassador Roger Luo last week.…

Sikua refuses to release machines

FORMER Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for North East Guadalcanal (NEG) constituency Dr Derek Sikua has turned down a request by constituents to use road work machineries funded under the Rural Constituency Development Funds (RCDF). Jonathan Tutu from NEG constituency told Solomon Star that they approached their former leader and requested the use of…

DCGA IS LISTENING

Your concerns have not fallen on deaf ears: PM PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured people of Solomon Islands that concerns raised by the people have not fallen on deaf ears. Mr Sogavare made these remarks when speaking during a farewell and welcome reception for the former and new Prime Minister at the Heritage Park…

Nation kept in dark

THE country is still kept in the dark following the formation of the new government as to when will be the first sitting of the Parliament to elect the Speaker of the Parliament. Speaking to the Solomon Star from the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal  former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament Ezekiel Alebua said the ruling…