PM challenges media

PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare is again calling on the local media to be responsible. He issued the call after he moved the sine-die motion in the parliament yesterday. “Mr. Speaker Sir in my last sine-die speech I call on the media to be responsible and I want to reiterate this call again because they…

Seasonal workers Australia bound

175 local seasonal workers jetted out of the country yesterday for Australia to join other Pacific countries to formally join the restart of Australia’s labour mobility programs. The workers flew out of the country at 5 pm on Wednesday on a special chartered flight operated by Virgin. They will undergo quarantine clearance before being allowed to…

SINU MESS IRKS MP

FORMER Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Small Malaita Constituency Rick Hou says Government should stop politicizing the current issue affecting Solomon Islands National University (SINU). Hou echoed this statement in parliament when he asked a supplementary question to the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Lanelle Tanangada. Prior to that, the Leader…

FROM A SIMPLE HOUSEWIFE TO PARLIAMENT

The meteoric rise of Mrs. Ethel Lency Vokia – a simple housewife to Parliament – is a story of considerable achievement.  The Solomon Star caught up with her when her constituents from three Communities took delivery of three ray boats, each powered by a 30-hp Suzuki engine in Honiara this week. “From the word “go”,…

RSIPF rescues person in West

A THIRTY-two (32) year-old male person was rescued by members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Gizo Police Station on Friday 20th November 2020 after his fibreglass boat was damaged in rough seas while travelling to Kolombangara Island in Western Province. An initial report on the incident said the 32-year old…

Tuition affordability at SINU, a challenge 

MAJORITY of students studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) were not able to complete their studies due to incomplete tuition fees.  The revelation was made by SINU’s Student President Body Fraser Seulu during the recent graduation ceremony of the Bachelor of Accounting and Business Entrepreneurship on Friday 20. “The majority of students studying…

PM: Only graduating students will return 

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says that only graduating students will be returning to the country from their respective overseas institutions this year.  Mr. Sogavare made the clarification during his nation-wide address on Monday. “The government has decided that only graduating students in overseas institutions will be repatriated this year,” he said.  “All continuing students will…

SINA’s action illegal

THE sit-in protest by the Solomon Islands Nursing Association (SINA) was prohibited and illegal.  This stern comment was echoed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers during a talk-back show over the national broadcaster.  Mr. Rodgers said that under the COVID regulations; there is a provision that gives the Prime Minister Powers…

Boso calls for public support

OUTSPOKEN citizen Peterson Boso is calling on the general public to support his legal challenge against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s and the government to temporarily ban Facebook in Solomon Islands. Speaking to this paper last night he said he wants to challenge the government’s decision in court. Sogavare had recently announced in Parliament that his…

Wale: Gov’t must address our economy

OPPOSITION Leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Aoke Langalanga Mathew Wale urges the government to seriously address the country’s economy in this unprecedented time. He made these sentiments after Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare issued a statement on the ‘Government’s Redirection Policy and the 2021 Budget’ in the Parliament yesterday.  “While we welcome the statement…