Sikua warns gov’t on on deadly beetle

THE presence of the devastating rhinoceros beetle in North East Guadalcanal is a major threat to oil palm investment in the area. That’s according to Parliamentary Independent leader Dr Derek Sikua in parliament last Friday. Dr Sikua said if nothing is done to curb the seriousness of this widely spread pest in the Guadalcanal plains,…

The ninth Premier’s Conference opening today

The ninth Premier’s Conference is set for its formal opening in the Malaita Provincial capital of Auki today. The Malaita Provincial Premier Peter Ramohia officially opened the ninth Premier’s Conference with the theme “Resourcing Provincial Infrastructure for Vibrant Economic Development,” at 9am on Monday. Speaking to the Solomon Star office in Auki on Sunday afternoon,…

Students hit out at minister

Government sponsored students have hit out at the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development John Dean Kuku’s statement on outstanding allowances in Parliament last week. Minister Kuku assured parliament Fiji-based students outstanding allowance have been paid in full. Kuku uttered this when he answered a question raised by the Leader of the independent group…

Govt MPs commissioned

PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela, his Cabinet Ministers and Members of his Government were commissioned at the SSEC Central Church on Sunday morning. The Church service was attended by Church reps, senior government officials and members of the public. Delivering the sermon during the occasion, Rev Roy Funu challenged leaders to work together for the good…

No more violence

A Message from RSIPF Commissioner Matthew Varley to the good men of Solomon Islands Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is also White Ribbon Day, which is a movement where men around the world stand up and say “No” to any violence against women and girls. This is…

Voices Against Violence

How theatre is combating domestic abuse in the Solomon Islands By JULIE PYBUSwww.pioneerspost.com Solomon Islands women are all too frequently attacked by their husbands – the country has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world. But a courageous group of women is challenging this culture through theatre and social enterprise. To…

31 PAs FIRED

A TOTAL of thirty-one (31) Political Appointees (PAs) who have served under the now defunct Democratic Coalition of Change Government (DCCG) have been terminated last week. Prime Minister Rick Hou issued their marching orders on Friday in a letter addressed to each of the Political Appointee. A source close to this paper confirmed the termination…

Families lost home in fire

TWO separate apartments under one building located at the Solomon Islands Provident Fund (SINPF) Estate at Tasahe,West Honiara being burnt down by fire on Sunday afternoon. Officers from the fire department arrived and managed to put the fire under control but nothing could be saved during the blaze. No lives were lost during the tragedy.…

NEW MINISTERS SWORN-IN

A total of fourteen (14) Ministers took their Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office at the Government House yesterday. The swearing-in came a day after Members of Parliament (MP) elected the country’s 17th Prime Minister Rick Hou on Wednesday. The new Ministers are; 1.    Manasseh Sogavare MP as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister…

PM vows to take on submarine cable

NEWLY elected Prime Minister Rick Hou assures the nation that he will pursue the undersea cable project with the new arrangement offered by Australia. Delivering his speech after the announcement of his victory as the new Prime Minister following a secret ballot vote election in parliament yesterday, Mr Hou said he will continue to push…