PM lashes out at Statesmen

‘Their knights do not mean they are better’ Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare lashes out at the statesmen who during the weekend accused him of personalizing and deviating in his response on the $3m payout issue. Sir Allan Kemakeza, Sir Paul Tovua and the Deputy Chair of the Solomon Islands Intervention Taskforce, Joses Tuhanuku in their…

Hilly leaves for MSG election observer job

THE head of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Observer Mission to the Vanuatu snap election, Sir Francis Billy Hilly, left for Vanuatu last Friday ahead of the January 22 polls. The snap election, necessitated by the conviction and imprisonment of 14 of the republic’s Members of Parliament in October 2015, is scheduled for the 22nd…

Election workers waiting for pay

A GOOD number of workers involved in the recent provincial elections for Makira Ulawa Province are still waiting to be paid their allowances. One worker who asked not to be named said many workers feel frustrated; since they have yet to be remunerated for the work they did during the recent Makira Ulawa provincial elections…

Gov’t sponsored students urged to excel in studies

STUDENTS who are awarded Government scholarships to study in tertiary institutions this year have been urged to excel in their academic studies. Education authorities have encouraged the lucky 300 students to perform to public expectations by excelling in their academic studies.  Director of National Training Unit NTU Clement Tito told the students: “You are so…

Police hail Makira public

KIRAKIRA police have commended the public of Makira for good behavior during the Christmas and New Year festive season and the elections of the new provincial premier and Speaker. Provincial Police commander Richard Hane said the police greatly appreciated the respect and good behavior of the people during the entire festive season followed by elections…

Legal year to open Monday

A CEREMONIAL sitting to open the legal year 2016 will be held at the High Court on Monday morning. The event will start after the inspection of the guard of honour by the Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer in front of the High Court. Speeches will then follow shortly inside court room one where the…

Traumatic workshop ends

A LOCAL Non-Government Organisation that is still active in conducting traumatic counseling trainings throughout the country has ended another of its ongoing trainings. Solomon Islands Peace Traumatic Counseling Center (SIPTCC) has successfully completed a week-long traumatic counseling training over the weekend. SIPTCC director Ishmael Idu told the Solomon Star yesterday that the programme started Monday…

$3 million payment queried

Former Guadalcanal militants from the Weathercoast in South Guadalcanal are questioning the real intention of the government paying $3 million to ex-militants from Malaita. A spokesman, who wants his name withheld, told the Sunday Star that his group of ex-combatants also demand a similar payment to be made to them. He said whilst it is…

Leaders rebuke PM

What exactly have you done for this nation Mr Sogavare? PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare is yet to adequately address the concerns raised about his controversial $3 million payout to former MEF militants, according to three senior leaders who have warned such a move risks destabilizing the country. Former Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, and the Chair…

PITIA relocates from Tonga to Solomons

PACIFIC Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) is relocating its Secretariat from Tonga to Honiara. And Solomon Islander John Maefiti has been appointed as its new Executive Officer. The relocation follows a decision by PITIA’s executive board in November 2015. The day-to-day business of PITIA is undertaken by the Secretariat with oversight by a Board of…