Two envoys commissioned

Two country’s diplomats have been commissioned yesterday by the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara today. His Excellency, Joseph Pius Waleanisia has been commissioned as the new country’s Ambassador to the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan while His Excellency John Patterson Oti was commissioned as Solomon Islands Non-resident High Commissioner to the Republic of…

More dengue cases

More than 200 suspected cases of dengue-like illnesses have been reported so far from the surveillance sentinel sites in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province. A statement from the Ministry of Health early this week said the system has picked up resurgence in dengue-like illness. In light of the increasing cases, the Ministry of Health and Medical…

MPs tax-free ruling today

THE Court of Appeal will deliver its ruling this morning on the MPs tax-free salary case. And Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) encourages all tax-payers and the public to attend the ruling at Court Room 6 in the High Court. “This is to show support for the five citizens who challenged the decision made by Members…

YWPG to host film festival competition

THE Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG)is hosting a first ever FilmFestival, coinciding with the ‘16 Days of Activism on domestic and gender-based violence’ in late November this year. Following the success of last year’s “Girls in front” Film Festival which was introduced by Melbourne University professors and film experts, Jeanette Hoorn, Barbara Creed and Helen…

Inquiry into mid-year budget review

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) commenced a three (3) day inquiry into the 2016 mid – year budget review as of Wednesday the 12th October and will end today, Friday 14th October 2016. Chair of the PAC, Hon Rick Houenipwela in this opening remarks said, this is a Parliamentary Committee and it is mandated under…

IDC staff on strike

Demand removal of general manager Ian Vasula WORKERS of Isabel Development Company (IDC) have gone on strike since Monday in support of their demand for the removal of general manager Ian Vasula. An IDC insider revealed this to the Solomon Star on Thursday. The action has left the company’s three passenger and cargo vessels stuck…

BOY DIED OF DENGUE

Cases increasing at alarming rate, says doctor A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy died of dengue at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara last Friday. The death was the first since the hospital started receiving cases of dengue fever last week. “The boy was admitted at the hospital on Thursday after a private clinic referred him to us,”…