Renbel ward 2 By-election set

THE by-election for ward 2 in Lake Tegano, Renbel Province has been confirmed for July 2. Renbel Province Collin Singamoana Tesu’atai confirmed this to the Solomon Star. Mr Tesu’atai said, the by-election should be held this month but due to work commitment between the provincial government and ministry it was extended. “I would like to…

SI may benefit if MSG bid gets in

THE country could gain significant economic benefits if it supports West Papua’s submission for membership in one of the regional’s powerful body, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The sentiments were echoed by West Papua’s Independence activist and member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Jacob Rumbiak, in an exclusive interview last week.…

Landowners hailed for supporting tourism

Minister for Culture and Tourism has thanked traditional landowners of Guadalcanal province who have given permission to build Honiara city. Bartholomew Parapolo highlighted this during the official launching of the National Tourism Strategic Plan 2015-2019 at the National Museum on Friday. Attending the official launching ceremony were Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Deputy Prime Minister Douglas…

New ports charges gazetted

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Snyder Rini has approved new levy of rates and dues for the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA). The new levy of rates and dues applies for the Honiara Port and that of the Noro Port in the Western Province and became into force on March 30th, 2015, the date…

Judiciary wants control over finance

Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer has reiterated that Judiciary as a fundamental body of the government, playing a vital role in the country must have its finances handled by the ministry itself, rather than Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT). Sir Albert highlighted this in his recent appearance before the Members of Parliament (MPs), as…

Maneke, Pacha take oath

Two Government Ministers on Monday took their oath of Office at Government House following a minor reshuffle. Governor General Sir Frank Kabui administered the oaths at a brief ceremony attended by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, senior Cabinet Ministers and officials. The two Ministers are the South Guadalcanal MP, David Day Pachawho took over as the…

Judiciary setback

Financial constraints compromise the work of judiciary Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer says delivery of justice in the country is being compromised by financial constraints. He revealed this during the induction program conducted for Members of Parliament (MPs) last week. Speaking before the MPs Sir Albert admitted that the major obstacle to progress the work…

Government grants bauxite export

The Government has announced that Cabinet has approved a limited shipment of stockpiled bauxite from the Rennell mine, operated by PT Mega Bingtang Borneo Company. The decision was made late last week. A statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday said, Cabinet has considered the pros and cons surrounding the consignment, concluding…

Culture a unique tourism product, says minister

The Minister for Culture and Tourism Bartholomew Parapolo says the country’s diverse and unique cultures are an important product as a tourist attraction that must be harnessed in the country’s development agenda. Speaking at the official launch of the Government’s new National Tourism Development Strategy Friday, Parapolo said culture is an important fabric of Solomon…

Survey finds many have high stress, trauma level

Most people in Malaita lived stressful and traumatic lives, a survey has found. The High Level Stress and Trauma Self-Assessment Survey was carried out by the Commission on Justice, Reconciliation and Peace of the Anglican Church of Melanesia in Malaita. It focused on the problems that affect the physical, mental, behavioural, emotional and spirituality of…