MP applauds gov’t

Member of Parliament for Small Malaita Constituency Rick Hou has commended the Democratic Coalition for Change Government for their continuing assistance to his constituency. Hou said he was pleased that through the Ministry of Rural Development, the Afio Economic Growth Centre project continues to feature in the government’s development plan and programmes. “This is the…

Sogavare congratulates new Vanuatu PM

PRIME Minister and Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), Manasseh Sogavare has congratulated the newly-elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai. In a congratulatory message to his Vanuatu counterpart, Mr Sogavare said:  “I write with great pleasure and gratitude to sincerely congratulate you on your election as the new Prime Minister…

Lands, worst rated ministry

THE Public Sector Satisfaction Survey found that the public have seen positive changes over the last 18 months in the area of Information Technology and political stability. It was also found that overall services have improved since the last Financial Year from: Justice Sector (73%), Electricity Authority or Solomon Power (68%), Ports Authority (67%), Ministry of…

Nation prepares to be part of Guam FOPA

AS Guam launches its 100 days countdown towards the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA), Solomon Islands is again preparing itself to showcase its cultural richness and diversity when it attends the festival in May this year. February 12 marks 100 days until the world gathers in Guam to witness the Pacific Island region’s diverse…

PM urged to sack under performing PAs

THE Parliamentary Opposition has reiterated its call for the Prime Minister to sack his underperformed political appointees. In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition said the critical comments made by the Prime Minister about his disappointment with some of his political appointees for confusing their roles with that of the ministries must not be taken lightly.…

Kouhota is new court judge

A NEW High Court Judge was sworn-in at the Government House last Friday. Justice Emmanuel Kouhota was sworn-in as one of the latest puisne judges of the High Court of Solomon Islands. The ceremony was conducted by Governor-General Sir Frank Kabui in the presence of the Chief Justice, Sir Albert Palmer, Judges of the High…

School ordered to demolish building

PERCH School in east Honiara has been ordered to demolish a building it is currently constructing for its library. This was because the school failed to get approval from the Honiara City Council. The Town and Country Planning Board served the school with the notice to demolish the property on February 8. “The development of…

New SIPA board briefed

THE newly appointed Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) board got a briefing this week from the authority’s management. Sources informed the Solomon Star CEO Colin Yow and his did a presentation to update new chairman Billy Titiulu and his board. Ministry of Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary, Henry Murray confirmed the board was briefed on Tuesday.…

Tina Hydro on track

TINA River Hydro is on track for the signing of a power purchase agreement in 2016. Minister responsible for Energy and Rural Electrification David Day Pacha confirmed this in a brief update on the project, which is located in central Guadalcanal. “Tina River Hydro is the single most important project for renewable energy in my…

Theatres to reopen

HEALTH minister Dr Tautai Angikimua Kaitu’u says the operating theatres at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) that were closed since last December will reopen on Monday. Dr Kaitu’u disclosed this in the facebook page of Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII). “I was briefed by the permanent secretary and CEO of the hospital on the situation…