Land reform report launched

MINISTER for Lands, Housing and Survey Andrew Manepora’a has launched a report on land reform on Wednesday during the day-long summit, in Honiara. Entitled ‘Building Successful Pathways for Land Reform in Solomon Islands’, the key findings of the report was discussed by presenters at the conference. The report was written by Siobhan McDonnell, an Australia…

The 5,000 housing offer

LESS than four months after they appeared here, Skyline Investment Group came out with its second investment proposal for Solomon Islands. This time, it’s a 5,000 housing scheme for public servants. News of this multi-million dollar scheme was released on 10th this month by the Prime Minister’s Office. This was after they signed the deal…

What Skyline offers for Solomons

ON April 16 this year, the Office of the Prime Minister issued a press statement about a Chinese business group expressing its interest to invest in the tourism industry and facelift the city. This was after directors of Skyline Business Council briefly met with Prime Minister Sogavare in Honiara. During the brief meeting, Group Chair…

Graduating doctors arrive

SEVENTEEN medical doctors who recently graduated from Cuba arrived back in the country Wednesday this week. The group consists of four female doctors and 13 male doctors.  They were welcomed by representatives from the Ministry of Education – National Training Unit (NTU), Solomon Cuba Student Family Association (SCSFA), family members, friends and friends on their…

Chemical to test kidney function runs out

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) laboratory is running out of a chemical to test the function of a kidney. The chemical called – Reagent ran out of stock since May this year. Reagent is an useful chemical used in laboratory to mix with blood samples to carry out kidney function test. Reports reaching the paper…

Provincial govt’s agents to change

A LOT of good things have been heard of as being done by the provincial governments and the Honiara City Council in order to improve the living standards of our people. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS), Stanley Pirione said this during the official opening of the pre-conference of the Provincial…

Major kwaso raid

Guadalcanal Police have successfully executed a raid on Tuesday on the illegal manufacture of liquor locally known as Kwaso and arrested six suspects.  A statement from the Police Media Unit said, the Police Operation raid a place near the Lungga River-mouth called Patmos Island. The suspects were apprehended and taken into police custody. Reports said,…

Ten steps for successful land reform

Researcher and lawyer from Australian National University (ANU) Siobhan McDonnell has suggested ten possible steps Solomon Islands could consider in developing a successful approach to land reform. The steps are consultations, public debate, clear policy vision, development of new models, develop new laws, funding, new legal arrangements passed by Parliament, piloting of the new arrangements…

PM warns on land custom practices

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has cautioned Solomon Islands against the extreme idolisation of its customary practices else it will lag behind in terms of development. Speaking at the opening of a two-day Land Reform Workshop in Honiara yesterday, Mr Sogavare said Solomon Islanders living in the 21st Century have a real challenge in their…

Safety food, handling training ends

CLOSE to 25 members of the Honiara central market vendors association have undergone a three days training on food preparation and handling this week. The workshop which focused on ‘Food safety and handling,’ was held at the Kairos conference Room, Hyundai Mall. Speaking to the Solomon Star on Wednesday, July Maehaka a chairwoman for the…