Students encouraged to learn trade skills

Secondary school students of St Stephen’s Community College Pamua have been encouraged to enrol in Rural Training Centres (RTC) if they drop out of the formal education system. Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) assistant education secretary, Desmond Waita gave the encouragement during Pamua’s graduation ceremony last Friday. Church owned Pamua, apart from its primary and…

UN human rights review underway

A four days workshop on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Records is currently underway at the Heritage hotel. The review is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 United Nation Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the…

More consultation recommended for NWCC shipping

While appreciating accessing of the $3.0 million from the National Government for a proposed shipping service for North West Choiseul Constituency by the out-going MP for the constituency, the public meeting for NWC constituents in Honiara held on Sunday 26th October, the meeting recommended that more consultations with the people in the constituencies be conducted…

‘Transparency vital for the private sector’

Effective partnerships with all sectors is Transparency Solomon Islands’ (TSI) main strategy in ensuring that all sectors must be included and involved in the effort to fight corruption in Solomon Islands. “The discussion of promoting transparency must not only with the public sector, civil society sector, churches, women organizations and youths. The private sector must…

443 to contest, names to be published this week

A total of 443 have been nominated to contest the November 19 National General Election. Solomon Islands Electoral Commission revealed this at the close of the withdrawal period at 4pm. However, the commission said the number may be subject to change after any notices of withdrawal of candidates are processed. Candidates had until 4pm yesterday…

Food shortage hits Ontong Java

The people of Ontong Java in the Malaita Outer Islands are reported to be running out of food. The Director of Health Services in the Central Islands Province, Dr John Paulsen, whose wife has just returned from Ontong Java said the people there who have become dependent on rice are running out of supplies. He…

Gold Ridge project at peril

St Barbara has warned that the tailings dam at its largely abandoned Gold Ridge mine in central Guadalcanal is at risk of being breached in the approaching wet season. Attempts to reach agreement with the government to act on a remedial action plan have failed to date. And because of the security situation on the…

Forau dismisses accusations

Outgoing Member of Parliament for Temotu Vatu constituency Clay Forau has dismissed claims he misused shipping grant the government provided to the constituency. Constituent Benjamin Ariki claimed a funding meant for Vatu Shipping Agency worth $3 million had disappeared. According to Ariki PV No: MID -5823-HQR-0215-14 receipt for VATU SHIPPING AGENCY amount of $3,000,000 never…

Officers investigated over Gold Ridge theft

More than 50 police and Correctional officers sent to provide security at the abandoned Gold Ridge mine site are reportedly under investigation for collaborating with locals to steal mine properties. An officer familiar with deployment to the site told the Sunday Star the concerned officers were now subjected to investigation. The relevant police department was…