Gov’t to engage four PhD holders to drive policies

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is poised to name his government’s political appointees in coming days. Well-placed government insiders told the Sunday Star four local PhDs holders have been slated to head four newly created departments within political office of the Prime Minister. The four departments are Fundamental Reform, Productive Sector Reform, Resource Sector Reform and…

PM: Let’s take on the challenges head-on

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has urged Solomon Islanders to work together with his government address development challenges facing the nation, head-on. In his 2015 New Year’s message to the nation, Mr Sogavare said the task before him and his government is tough but clear and it is to immediately address the challenges that hindered the…

Gov’t says its prioritises development projects

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government says the implementation of its comprehensive development policy intentions and the effective delivery of government services will be the prominent features of the national budget during its tenure in office. The announcement follows assertions by the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSS) that the DCC Government prioritises the Red…

We need a change in attitude: Sir Frank

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Frank Kabui urges Solomon Islanders to change their attitudes in order to act and fulfil survival spirits.  Sir Frank highlighted this in his New Year’s message to the nation, saying with increasing population and high unemployment rates, Solomon Islands will find it difficult to survive economically with comfort.  He said the attitude of…

Why youths leave home early

MANY young Solomon islanders who left home early and were on the streets have experienced some forms of violence at home.  This was revealed in a workshop on violence against women held for media participants in Honiara last year. Sister Doreen Awaiasi, who manned the only women’s safe haven Christian Care Centre in the country,…

Veke plans to empower women

FORMER Guadalcanal premier Anthony Veke says one of his approaches to developing his ward is to empower women participate in development. He pointed this out in an interview with the Solomon Star. “My plan is to empower women in my ward to engage in economic activities so that they could be able to improve their…

Another 15 New Year births at NRH

ANOTHER 15 babies were born on New Year’s Day at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara – nine of which were females. This was the same number born on Christmas Day at the hospital. Exact figures of births across the country on New Year’s Day were not available. One of the proud mothers was…

Gov’t extends contracts of PSs

THE Sogavare led government has extended the contracts of the 24 permanent secretaries until March this year, insiders have revealed. Their contracts should have lapsed on 31 December 32014. However, insiders said the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) wanted to extend their contracts to allow its preferred choices of PSs to familiarise themselves with new…

Fenua: Dettke’s posting shows we need an ICAC

WATCHDOG organisation Transparency Solomon Islands says that the appointment of Bodo Dettke to head the Ministry of Forestry and Research creates a conflict of interest for him and this shows that we need an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Over the past week much has been said about this issue in the media. Recently, the…