Empty house

Mass absenteeism in parliament ABSENTEEISM is not only a problem facing teachers. For the second time in the same parliament sitting, the meeting has to be adjourned due to absenteeism. Earlier in the current session, the meeting was forced to discontinue because of poor turnout resulting in lack of quorum. On Thursday when the meeting…

West Guadalcanal connected with Breeze Network.

Maravovo community and one of the nation’s senior national secondary school Selwyn College in West Guadalcanal has joined other rural communities throughout the country to benefit from the breeze network rural expansion. Being in the Island of Guadalcanal does not mean the residents have access to all national developments including access to communications. Following the…

Kwaio chief appeals to his people

Amidst the lawlessness and criminal activities experienced in town in the past few days, a Honiara based Kwaio chief is calling on all Kwaio people living in Burns Creek area and elsewhere in town to refrain or not to join those who caused a lot of criminal activities within and around Honiara. Chief Stephen Firibae…

PWDSI disability rights awareness in Temotu province

People With Disabilities Solomon Islands (PWDSI), its affiliate NEDEPELEVATUD Self- help group in collaboration with various divisions in the Health Divisions in Temotu will be raising awareness in the Reef Islands from 19th  – 30th May. PWDSI Project Officer, Mr Davis Ladofoa and Ms Juna Leikona will be raising awareness on the rights of persons…

Technical faults delays water project

THE multi-million Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) water project has not been in full operation as scheduled due to technical faults. Answering a question in Parliament on the status of the JICA Water project in Honiara and Auki, Minister for Mines Energy and Rural Electrification Moses Garu said a test conducted in January unearthed hiccups.…

Red Cross dismisses Mr Leitimoe’s claims

Secretary General of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS), Ms. Joanne Zoleveke, has labelled Mr. Robert Leitimoe’s comments in Tuesday’s “Solomon Star” about Red Cross spending thousands on its officials at Rock Haven Inn as unfounded and deliberately misleading. Ms. Zoleveke said that if the “Solomon Star” reporter had checked with the Society before…

No clarity yet on relocation, rehabilitation

RELOCATION and rehabilitation of flood victims still has no clear answers. Answering questions raised in parliament in relation to the issue, Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo said the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is working on the subject. “There is now currently a discussion that is going on between Lands and the NDMO to look…

Rock Haven responds to report

The management of Rock Haven Inn has hit back expressing disappointment at a report which criticised Solomon Islands Red Cross officials for being accommodated at the Inn. The report appeared last Tuesday in the Solomon Star. In a statement last week the management said it was disappointed with the report and the paper which had…

New seaport project will be a regional maritime hub

The completion of the Honiara seaport facility project that was signed this week between the Solomon Islands’ government and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will make Honiara to become one of the region’s maritime hubs. With the signing of the project’s grant agreement this week, it signals the start of the project’s construction phase that…

Wale commended making a bold stand

A Honiara resident has commended the Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga Honourable Mathew Wale for his bold and courageous stand to question the ministers of fisheries and police about last year’s bech-de-mer consignment that was later removed from the ministry of fisheries. MP Wale posed the question to MP Alfred Ghiro and MP Chris…