Civil Society organizations open day today

The Civil Society Organizations open day is set to kick off its 3-day event at the National Art Gallery. The event is hosted by the Development Services Exchange with the support of Oxfam Solomon Islands. Development services Exchange is an umbrella organization for Civil Society Organizations in Solomon Islands which has 60 registered NGO members…

PEC list for first hearing

The High Court case challenging the validity of the Member of Parliament Entitlements Commission (PEC) Amendment Regulation 2015 has been listed for first hearing on June 5. The case number 175 of 2015 has been filed by private lawyer Andrew Radclyffe on behalf of claimants Waita Ben Tabusasi, Ruth Liloqula, Hon Derick Manu’ari, Tony Hughes…

Japan to boost its presence here

JAPAN will upgrade its office in Honiara to embassy level. Its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed this over the weekend when he held bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister Douglas Ete in the Japanese city of Iwaki. The talks were held at the conclusion of the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM), which Mr Ete attended…

PS of Mines fired

Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Mines, Energy & Rural Electrification Jeffrey Kauha, has been terminated from office. The revelation came as the Mines Director; Peter Auga also reported received a suspension letter last week said, to be related to the Rennell Mining saga. Kauha this week confirmed receiving his termination letter May 22 2015. “Yes,…

MPs urged to join social media

Some people asked the media to publish their request asking Members of Parliament (MPs) to join social media, as a means of strengthening their relationship with the people they represents. Speaking to this paper, a concerned citizen commended the likes of West Makira MP Derrick Manuari and Jimmy Lusibaea for their membership in the Forum…

Arabala school organizes speech, drama week

ARABALA school in Auki last week organised a speech and a drama week for both primay and secondary students last week. According to the chair lady of the programe Tracy Sifoni and also an English teacher of Arabala community high school, she said, they organized the event as part of trying to improve the speaking…

Independent group eyes DCC on the scope

Leader of the Independent group Manasseh Maelanga has urged the public that they are closely monitoring the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government, to ensure they implement their policies. Speaking to the Solomon Star, Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kwara’ae Manasseh Maelanga told the Solomon Star that the current pressure on the DCC government…

NRH’s relocation plan underway

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) relocation committee has embarked on a five year project to relocate the National Referral Hospital. The aim of the relocation is to make sure there is improvement in the quality and safety of health care services provided to the public. Chairman of the NRH Relocation Committee Dr. Aaron Oritaimae said,…

Call to sack officials over bauxite export

A CONCERN Rennell landowner has called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to remove Members of Parliament and senior government officers who have given the nod to PT Mega Bingtang Borneo Ltd to export the stockpile of bauxite out of country. The landowner who declined to have his identity revealed described Cabinet’s decision as daylight robbery.…

UN SRSG visits SEIF PLES

SEIF PLES clinic received a visit from the United Nations Special Representative (SRSG) on Violence against Children last Thursday. The delegation of Ms Marta Santos Pais which included member of UNICEF met with the Centre Manager Kim Abbey and staff including nurses and interns. The visit was prioritized as the SEIF PLES clinic specializes in…