Oil spill ruins MPA 

THE Marine Protected Area (MPA) at Lavangu Bay was completely destroyed by spilled oil from the wrecked MV Solomon Trader that runs aground inside the MPA boundary.  Solomon Star has visited the devastated site last Saturday and witnessed that the MPA owned by a coastal community within the largest bay of the island was polluted,…

Hou wants mining lease investigated

CARETAKER Prime Minister Rick Hou has instructed the Director of Mines to undertake a full review of the processes involved in the assessment and award of the Mining Lease to APID. Hou’s announcement came in the wake of the oil spill disaster on Rennell after a bulk carrier miner’s Bintan chartered to load its bauxites…

AN ADVICE FOR LOCAL WOMEN

“Go with your interests and your passions” “Women in Solomon Islands are determined and focused on improving the lives of their immediate family, they get on with it, they are hardworking, they are all about bettering their family’s lives.” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Ms Atenasi…

World-Fish advocates for local women

World-Fish Solomon Islands has hosted a forum as part of their International Women’s Days celebration at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), School of Technology and Maritime Studies in Honiara last Friday. The forumwas led by the panellists’ presentations where it then clarified the importance of women’s role in the society. Panel objectives are as…

International Woman’s Day a success

Women from all backgrounds and organisations turned up in numbers Friday morning to mark the annual International Women’s Day (IWD) with a parade from SMI in West Honiara to Honiara City Council (HCC) grounds. Non-Governmental Organisations, Civil Society, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) and the visiting Australian Army…

Fire arm owner told to surrender weapon

POLICE Commissioner Matthew Varley calls on the owner of the fire arm discharged during the arson incident at Kukwisi village, West Kwara’ae in Malaita on 23 February, to surrender it to police.  “I understand a reconciliation ceremony between both parties involved in the arson incident happened in Thursday,” Varley said. “The police welcome this initiative…

Australia’s support for NGE begins

Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier has announced Australia’s package of assistance to Solomon Islands for the upcoming National General Election on 3 April. “As a close friend to Solomon Islands, Australia is pleased to provide assistance that will support the delivery of a free and fair election in 2019,” said High Commissioner Brazier. At the…

Corruption, poverty in constituency must end

Corruption begins with wrong influence anda twist of mind towards one selfthat has contributed as factor to poverty in the community. West Kwara’ae candidate for the 2019 General elections, Fr. Davidson Ngwaeramo stated this in front of thousand of people who attended the launching of his campaign trail last Friday, in Aiabu village. “To prove…

‘Review those laws’

Loopholes in Acts need tightening, says Hou By ANDREW FANASIA The oil spill disaster at Rennell Island should prompt future governments to rectify loopholes in many of our current legislations. Caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou admitted that this is a big lesson for his government and the future government. “This incident has demonstrated to us…

Varley confirms test result

DRUGS ARE COCAINE By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN TESTS carried out in Australia on a large consignment of drugs seized from a yacht in Honiara late last year are confirmed to be cocaine. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley confirmed this to reporters, Thursday. “I can confirm for you that the testing process in Australia has been completed,” Varley said.…