Bech-de-mer ban may be lifted sooner

WELL-PLACED government sources say the ban on beche-de-mer harvesting and export and may be lifted sooner than anticipated. One source told the Solomon Star Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo had stepped in to ensure the ban is lifted as soon as possible. The source also revealed that Prime Minister Lilo has directed the Attorney General…

Children say ‘No’ to mining

Rennell islanders united against miners CHILDREN on Renbel have joined their elders to oppose any mining activities planned for the province. Landowners’ spokesman George Tauika, who is also secretary of the Lake Tegano World Heritage Site Association, said no forms of mining will be accepted on their land. Children, youths, and elders of the province…

DPP hits out at judge over comments

DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Ronald Bei Talasasa says he was dismayed by comments Justice Stephen Pallaras raised about his regular overseas travels. “The comments by the judge were not only erroneous, but unfounded, provocative and threatening,” Mr Talasasa said in a statement from Fiji, where he’s attending a conference. “I will not comment any…

11 awarded Taiwan scholarships

ELEVEN Solomon Islanders will receive their awards letter today to undertake their studies in Taiwan. The brief ceremony will take place at the Ministry of Education, where Taiwanese ambassador Victor Yu will present the students with their scholarship offers. Taiwan offers scholarships to students every year based on their academic results. Seven of the students…

Man arrested over cigarette theft

POLICE in Isabel have arrested a man in relation to the disappearance of a cartoon of cigarette two weeks ago. The incident occurred on board a ship traveling to Isabel. Buala station inspector Jerry Rofomana said the cartoon of cigarette was worth $8,000. He said the man was selling the cigarettes at various locations in…

Gov’t urged to pass family bill

THE Government is urged to pass the Family Protection Bill that is currently before Parliament. Chief Judge of New Zealand Family Court Peter Boshier, who is facilitating the four days workshop on Family Violence and Youth Justice, made this call on Wednesday. “I urged the Solomon Islands Government to pass this bill,” Justice Boshier said…

Business Names Bill goes through

PARLIAMENT has passed the Business Names Bill 2014 on Wednesday. The Act provides for the Registration and use of Business Names, for the Repeal of the Registration of the Business Names Act (cap. 178) and for related purposes. It replaced the existing outdated Registration of Business Names law. Unlike the current system which is paper-based…

Parliament passes changes to Provincial Gov’t Bill

PARLIAMENT has passed the Provincial Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 on Tuesday 19th August 2014. This Bill amended the Provincial Government Act 1997 in order to permit holding of elections on a date other than the fourth anniversary of the previous election when certain circumstances make such action necessary in the public interest. After deliberations by…

Training for community Gatekeepers

A NEW organization established to work with communities protect children conducted training for 16 community reps, Friday. Homes Of Peace and Empowerment conducted the training on the role of Gatekeepers in their communities and what are the weaknesses that encourage the exploitation of children. Spokesperson Helen Ferguson said men, women and youth attended and gave…

Medical students assured of jobs

THE Government has assured and guaranteed returning and recently graduated medical students that there are jobs available and that they will be absorbed in the Public Service upon their return. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Cedric Alependava revealed this when he accompanied the Education minister, Dick Ha’amori and his delegation to witness the…