PM urged to embrace criticisms

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale urges the prime minister to embrace criticism of government decisions made under the state of emergency powers and not to resort to threats or intimidation to silence critics.  The call was made in response to the PM’s speeches delivered on 20th and 22nd May 2020. In his speech, Prime Minister Sogavare…

YECSI initiates new innovation program

GIVEN the current global COVID-19 pandemic situation dwindling and affecting ‘business-as-usual’ activities, the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI) has come up with an innovative approach to use technology to deliver its services and their new in-house programme “Ennovation Blo Iumi”.  With support from Strongim Bisnis, an Australian Government initiative working with the private sector…

Malaita completes 24 PCDF projects

MALAITA Provincial Government (MPG) has implemented 24 out of the 35 projects approved for implementation under the 2019-2020 financial years.  The Malaita Provincial Premier Daniel Suidani revealed that of the remaining 11 projects; eight are already in the implementing stage whilst three are yet to start.  Premier Suidani revealed this to Solomon Star Auki in…

Police uproot marijuana plants

POLICE at the Henderson Police Station and Aola Police Post have uprooted a total of 121 marijuana plants in the Jericho area of East Central Guadalcanal on 24 May 2020. Operation Manager at the Henderson Police Station Superintendent Edwin Sevoa says, “When we were in the Jericho area searching for a suspect, a village chief…

Japan announces $216M funding

THE Government of Japan on Tuesday announced a USD$25.8 million ($216 million) in COVID 19 emergency assistance to the country. Outgoing Japanese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Shigeru Toyama revealed during his final courtesy call to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.  “My government has not yet pledged any emergency assistance against Coronavirus, but responding to your efforts…

Rodgers plays down repatriation fears

THE repatriation of nationals from Australia on Tuesday via a specially arranged flight is creating uneasiness amongst citizens who feared some of the returnees may be COVID-19 carriers. Members of the public raised their fears during the weekly talkback show held on the national broadcaster last Sunday.  But in response, Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr.…

Conflict of interest hits satellite markets

THE Government and the Honiara City Council’s intention to establish satellite market outlets in the city has been hit by claims of conflict of interest by some councillors who wished to gain from this arrangement. That’s according to City Clerk Rence Sore. Following the Governor General’s Public State of Emergency declaration and the Prime Minister’s…

Locals stranded in the US

EIGHT young Solomon Islanders who have been attending a one-year International Leadership Program in the United States are still stranded in the State of Georgia. Charity Titiulu, a Solomon Islander living in Washington, USA, told the Solomon Star last night.  “They were stranded, hungry, and slept in the cold terminal for days but my friends…

Stranded nationals back, straight to ‘Q’ centres

NATIONALS stranded in Australia has managed to touch down safely at the Honiara International Airport at Henderson from Brisbane and headed straight to the quarantine centres, Tuesday. This is the first repatriation flight organised by the Government for citizens caught up during the imposition of flight restrictions following the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic…