Water project celebrated

SOLOMON Water and Japan International Co‐operation Agency (JICA) recently celebrated the completion of Non­‐Revenue Water (NRW) project that has been running for three years and 8 months. The project, which included a dispatch of technical experts from Japan, in‐Japan trainings of Solomon Water staff members and procurement of water meters and other equipment, was aimed…

Interplast heading here

INTERPLAST Australia & New Zealand (Interplast) will visit Honiara from the 28 June – 7 July 2016. The team will be at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara from 29 June -6 July 2015 to facilitate plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training. The team will be led by Dr Zachary Moaveni and will…

UN urged to attend to West Papua abuses

SOLOMON Islands’ diplomat in Geneva, Barrett Salato this week told the UN Human Rights Council’s 32nd session about an eroding human rights situation in Indonesia’s Papua region. Mr Salato told the session that whilst his country welcomes increased attention on West Papua from Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo, violations of Papuans’ rights remain unresolved. He said…

Study to improve Honiara port

AUSTRALIA is supporting Solomon Islands to undertake a Time Release Study at Honiara Port.  This study will commence in July and measure the time it takes for sea cargo to be released after it arrives in Honiara. This data will help to identify bottlenecks and reduce clearance times. This will be the first such study…

Barge death

Young man killed by poisonous gas A YOUNG man lost his life early this week when he reportedly inhaled poisonous gas while attending to a logging barge owned by loggers Samlimsan Company. The man, in his 20s, from Isabel, died after he reportedly inhaled poisonous gasoline from the barge, which was loaded and ready to…

Outstanding dividends queried

LANDOWNING groups from the Guadalcanal plains have questioned Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) for not paying their outstanding dividend for 2015. This came after the landowners still waited for their payments since the end of the financial year in April 2016. In a letter written to company on 24th May 2016 and a follow…

SI working to rectify ‘Yellow Card’

THE government is working with the European Union to lift the yellow card this year. Solomon Islands was yellow carded and issued a warning in 2014 by the EU. This was because they did not comply with the IUU regulations (Illegal Unreported and Unregulated) on fishing activities in the region. Minister of Foreign Affairs and…

Langalanga chief shares tales of struggle

Having access to natural resources is now becoming a problem for Langalanga people in the Malaita province. This was revealed by a concern Langalanga Chief George Jeremiah Gulaewale in an interview with the Solomon Star on Wednesday. Chief Gulaewale said having access to land to make garden and accessing bush materials for house building is…

Ending the past

Gov’t to stage healing, apology week A WEEK-LONG national healing and apology programme will be conducted in Honiara starting on 30 June 2016. The programme, spearheaded by the national government, will bring Malaita and Guadalcanal provinces to say sorry to each other over the killings and hatred that took place during the ethnic tension. Prime…

Police rearmament soon

THE Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) says it is hoping to get the green light to rearm the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force this year. In June next year the Australian and New Zealand-led regional security mission will wrap up more than 14 years of helping to rebuild the country after several years…