FSII hails ruling

FORUM Solomon Islands International (FSII) has welcomed the High Court decision handed down by Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer on Tuesday 19th April. Justice Palmer in his 17-page decision ruled that the MPs benefits set out in the [“the 2015 regulations”] awarded by the MPEC which came into force with effect from 1st April 2015…

Why homes were burned

THE burning of homes at Windy Ridge, central Guadalcanal, last Sunday, was retaliation to an earlier attack by youths from the area. Taxi driver Patkin Rere from Malango said youths from Windy Ridge attacked his car early Sunday when returning from Honiara to his village. “They’ve actually set up a road block near their settlement,”…

Veke dismisses claims

GUADALCANAL premier Anthony Veke says the provincial government has nothing to do with last Sunday’s burning of homes in the Windy Ridge area, central Guadalcanal. At least five homes were set alight during the incident, leaving women and children homeless. Mr Veke said his government does not have anything to do with the incident, and…

Malaita tribe supports call

KWANA’AI Tribe Board of Trustees (KBT) from north Malaita has thrown its support behind the call from the Guadalcanal provincial government to address squatter settlement in provincial territories. KBT spokesman Lency Wanefalea said his tribe supported the call. Mr Wanefalea said the concern voiced by the Guadalcanal Provincial Government Premier over the squatter issue on…

Churches told to tackle violence

FAITH and gender specialist, Maclean Dlodlo, is encouraging church leaders to take the lead in promoting equitable relations and gender-based violence reduction. Maclean, a Zimbabwean based in South Africa, will arrive here today ahead of opening of the Channels of Hope for Gender, Church and Partnership Conference at the Mendana hotel on Monday. Maclean was…

Why the delays

Police chief clarifies corruption probes POLICE Commissioner Frank Prendergast says there many factors that contribute to delays of investigating corruption cases. Mr Prendergast highlighted this during the Bills and Legislative Committee hearing in Parliament yesterday. The Committee was scrutinizing the Anti-Corruption Bill, which aims to combat corruption in Solomon Islands in all its forms by:…

Yow still CEO

“Sasako misleads, my passport is here” Colin Yow is still the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). Responding to Alfred Sasako’s front page articles in the two daily newspapers yesterday, Mr Yow said Mr Sasako and “a few bunch of big business boys” has embarked on a media campaign to oust…

Justice served

Court: MPs tax-free salary unconstitutional MEMBERS of Parliament (MPs) will  be no longer enjoy tax free wages after Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer threw out the award in a landmark ruling yesterday. Sir Albert declared the tax free salary and all other entitlements in Regulation 2015, which was amended and awarded to MPs by the…

Village mayhem

Homes torched, victims taken to safety POLICE were dispatched into the Windy Ridge area in central Guadalcanal after a brawl on Sunday that resulted in the torching of five family homes. Victims have been evacuated and put up in temporary shelters at the nearby Christian Care Centre at Tenaru and Nazareth Apostolic Centre (NAC) for…

Locals safe following Japan’s quake

A SOLOMON Islands couple studying in Japan is safe following a serious of earthquake that struck last week. Edwin Koveke and Margaret Neko-Koveke are reportedly safe and well in Kumamoto. Polini and Alan McNeil told Solomon Star yesterday they have been in contact with the couple and can confirm they are safe after taking shelter…