International Woman’s Day a success

Women from all backgrounds and organisations turned up in numbers Friday morning to mark the annual International Women’s Day (IWD) with a parade from SMI in West Honiara to Honiara City Council (HCC) grounds. Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) and the visiting Australian Army…

Fire arm owner told to surrender weapon

POLICE Commissioner Matthew Varley calls on the owner of the fire arm discharged during the arson incident at Kukwisi village, West Kwara’ae in Malaita on 23 February, to surrender it to police.  “I understand a reconciliation ceremony between both parties involved in the arson incident happened in Thursday,” Varley said. “The police welcome this initiative…

Australia’s support for NGE begins

Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier has announced Australia’s package of assistance to Solomon Islands for the upcoming National General Election on 3 April. “As a close friend to Solomon Islands, Australia is pleased to provide assistance that will support the delivery of a free and fair election in 2019,” said High Commissioner Brazier. At the…

Corruption, poverty in constituency must end

Corruption begins with wrong influence anda twist of mind towards one selfthat has contributed as factor to poverty in the community. West Kwara’ae candidate for the 2019 General elections, Fr. Davidson Ngwaeramo stated this in front of thousand of people who attended the launching of his campaign trail last Friday, in Aiabu village. “To prove…

‘Review those laws’

Loopholes in Acts need tightening, says Hou By ANDREW FANASIA The oil spill disaster at Rennell Island should prompt future governments to rectify loopholes in many of our current legislations. Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou admitted that this is a big lesson for his government and the future government. “This incident has demonstrated to us…

Regina’s path in film making and Activism

On International Women’s Day 2019, we are sharing stories of women doing inspiring work across the Pacific. Whether in the business world, advocacy, media or countless other sectors, their contributions highlight the transformative power of women in the region. REGINA LEPPING is a Filmmaker, Actor, Activist and Youth Empowerment and Engagement Specialist working for the…

Varley confirms test result

DRUGS ARE COCAINE By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN TESTS carried out in Australia on a large consignment of drugs seized from a yacht in Honiara late last year are confirmed to be cocaine. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley confirmed this to reporters, Thursday. “I can confirm for you that the testing process in Australia has been completed,” Varley said.…

Villagers reveal more to oil spill tragedy

BAUXITE DISASTER By CARLOS ARUAFU TWO barge-full of bauxite were thrown overboard on the day the stricken bulk carrier Solomon Trader ran aground on Rennell island. Villagers relayed this to the Solomon Star during a visit to the disaster site over the weekend. Hong Kong registered Solomon Trader was at Rennell to load bauxite from…

Bintan: Salvage work underway in Rennell

THE operation to salvage the grounded MV Solomon Trader to safety is being boosted with the arrival of three more international specialists from the United Kingdom and United States over the weekend. That’s according to bauxite miners Bintan Mining. The company said the specialists were immediately flown over to Rennell Island to join other salvage…

TSI: be fair on scholarships

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands (TSI) has called for greater transparency in the National Training Committee (NTC) and National Training Unit (NTU) when awarding scholarships. It added scholarship awards must be based on merit, not preference. “Recent termination of 179 students studying in USP at Laucala Campus in Fiji is a clear manifestation of awarding scholarship to…