Long delays in court cases queried

THE justice system in Solomon Islands has been criticised for long delays in prolonging cases to be heard at the High court and magistrates courts. Local environment activist and a member to the Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Network (IPBN), Lawrence Makili said many cases have been prolonged and left pending for years without hearing the trials.…

PM’s Pension Act may be illegal

THE Prime Minister’s (Pensions and Benefits) Act 2014 may have been an unconstitutional piece of law. That’s according to lawyers the Solomon Star had spoken to. Former Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo introduced the piece of legislation in parliament in 2014 before losing his parliamentary seat in the same year. The Act remunerates former prime…

Maelasi: Don’t send any more students to Fiji

THE government should reconsider sending further students to universities in Fiji in light of the disaster situation brought on by Cyclone Winston and the fact registrations have already closed. Vice President of the University of South Pacific (USP) Students Association Solomon Islander Anthony Maelasi issued the reminder yesterday. “We are aware that NTU is still…

Sikua responds to Maelanga’s clarification

The Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament, Hon. Dr Derek Sikua yesterday responded to clarification by the Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga’s on the MPs 2016 Scholarship Awards. In a statement he said, National Training Unit (NTU) has no authority to approve or decline additional scholarships requested by MPs or applications from any Solomon…

Sikua responds to Maelanga’s clarification

The Leader of the Independent Group in Parliament, Hon. Dr Derek Sikua yesterday responded to clarification by the Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga’s on the MPs 2016 Scholarship Awards. In a statement he said, National Training Unit (NTU) has no authority to approve or decline additional scholarships requested by MPs or applications from any Solomon…

Huge loss

Sir Peter dies at 72 STATESMAN and the nation’s first prime minister Sir Peter Kenilorea died peacefully at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara late on Thursday, age 72. The government is expected to hold a state funeral next week in his honour. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, who is currently in Papua New Guinea, and…

Fighting breast cancer

Hospital steps up war against killer disease THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) has stepped up its fights against breast cancer, which is killing more and more women behind cervical cancer. Medical superintendent Dr Rooney Jagilly revealed this in light of revelations breast cancer is now the second highest killer of women. Cervical cancer is the…

Maelanga clarifies scholarships

ACTING Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga says the National Training Unit is the only authority that has the power to approve or decline additional scholarship requests by MPs besides the Cabinet’s approved quota of four scholarship opportunities for each constituency. The clarification was made in response to a media statement by the Leader of the Independent…

TOWER donates water tank to Selwyn College

LEADING Solomon islands insurance company, TOWER Insurance donated a much needed water tank to Selwyn College. The Anglican Church run secondary high school is situated on the outskirts of Honiara, about anhour’s drive along the western Highway. The school has contributed to producing many prominent and outstanding Solomon Islanders. TOWER Insurance was approached by the…

Tuvaruhu undergo training of trainers

ABOUT 14 people from Tuvaruhu Parish in Centra Honiara and St Michael in Tandai ward, Guadalcanal have successfully ended a Training of Trainers (TOT) last week. The training workshop was conducted by a local non-government organisation (NGO) called Solomon Islands Peace and Trauma Counselling Centre (SIPTCC). Rector of Tuvaruhu Parish Diocese of Central Melanesia Honiara…