Mother jailed for burying baby alive

THE woman who buried her baby alive in a shallow grave last year at Kaibia, Honiara, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Justice Francis Mwanesalua sentenced the 34-year-old Malaita mother in the High Court. Nelly Waitai had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of attempted murder. The maximum penalty for…

Call to solve Gizo water crisis

CONCERN citizens group Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) is calling on the new DCC government to consider the prevalent water situation in Gizo. A Gizo resident yesterday sent a message to FSII expressing her ordeal caused by the water problem in Gizo. The resident said all water tanks are now empty and residents are now…

Seaweed farmers undergo training

MORE than 240 seaweed farmers in Choiseul and Malaita Provinces have undergone a training aimed at equipping them with financial knowledge on how to manage their finance gained from their seaweed farms. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), with support from the New Zealand Government, through the Mekem Strong Solomon Island Fisheries (MSSIF)…

FSII criticizes portfolio allocations

WHILST welcoming and congratulating the DCC government for the recent Ministerial announcement, FSII has criticized the selection of certain government Ministers. Hundreds of members including former Bishop of Malaita, Rev. Terry Brown has criticized the appointment of Hon. Bodo Detke as Minister of Forestry and Research. “Whilst many of the new ministerial appointments are very…

PM prioritises tourism

Growing the Solomon Island’s tourism industry is set to be a high priority for the country’s new prime minister. Manassah Sogavare says that for too long, previous governments have focussed on unsustainable income earners such as logging and mining. He says they’ve overlooked the potential of the tourism sector and is promising his government will…

Public warned against giving false report

POLICE has warned the public against giving false report because it’s a crime. This follows a couple of incidents in Malaita Province where police were given false reports to the police. Auki police said that it’s sad to see people fooling police with false information. Over the weekend a man in North Malaita tipped off…

DCC ready to work

The Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government has now fulfilled its obligation to announce its Cabinet Ministers since they took power last week. On Monday 21 Members of Parliament (MP) took their oath and were sworn-in as Cabinet Ministers before Governor General Sir Frank Kabui at the Government House. Their swearing-in will enable the DCC…

Ete appointed DPM

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for East Honiara, Douglas Ete is the new Deputy Prime Minister (DPM). Ete who is also the Minister for Home Affairs took his oath before Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui and other 20 Cabinet Ministers at Government House yesterday. Political commentators described his appointment as a move to give Member of…

Ashley given top political job

Lawyer Charles Ashley has been appointed special secretary to the Prime Minister, the Sunday Star can reveal. He was one of four political appointees the new Manasseh Sogavare government has made so far. The appointments are yet to be formally announced but well-placed government insiders revealed four appointees have so far been made. Ashley is…

Dispute forces logger out

Dispute between landowning parties at Koaá, West Kwaio, led to the closure of a logging operation and the sudden departure of the logging company. Right Trade Solomon Islands Limited (RTSIL) last week packed and shipped its machines, as well as local and foreign labourers to Honiara. Landowning parties, Rade and Arakwao, as well as other…