Gov’t blamed for Gold Ridge trouble

FORUM SOLOMON Islands International (FSII) says it would have been a different story if Prime Minister Lilo and his government took a professional approach to deal with St. Barbara’s forced majeure situation. “The April flash floods which forced St. Barbara to abandon the Gold Ridge mine project created personal interests and conflict of interests amongst…

Parliament expects more bills

MORE bills are expected to be tabled in this current last meeting before the ninth Parliament dissolve on 8th September 2014. This was revealed by the Speaker of Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza in his opening speech when Parliament resumed on Wednesday. Sir Allan said he knew the Government intended to bring more Bills thus he…

A brief, but historic visit

THE country hopes to gain from the United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s historic visit yesterday. Mr Kerry was the first ever US secretary of State to visit the country since independence. Arriving on a private jet at the historical Henderson Airfield now called the Honiara International Airport, he was welcomed by Foreign Affairs…

Final parliament session starts

THE seventh and final meeting of the ninth Parliament begun yesterdayand was adjourned to Monday the 18th of August 2014. Speaker of the National Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza welcomed all Members of Parliament in his opening address and informed them of the number of developments that took place since Parliament was adjourned Sine Die on…

PM Lilo meets US Secretary of State

PRIME Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo today held a brief meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The US Secretary arrived in the country today afternoon and paid a courtesy call on the Governor General and later met with Prime Minister Lilo. During the meeting, both leaders acknowledged historical ties between the Solomon Islands and…

Potential for tourism

The coastal region of North West Guadalcanal still offers an ideal spot for tourism activities which needs to be developed to support the industry and the economy. That’s the view of a Visale man John Toki while speaking to the Solomon Star during a one day trip to Visale on Monday, Mr Toki said the…

Renbel premier wants Assembly suspended

EMBATTLED Renbel premier Lence Tangosia says he has requested the Ministry of Provincial Government to suspend the Renbel Provincial Assembly. He made the request after four of his ministers who resigned recently refused to rejoin his government. Mr Tangosia said he wanted Minister Silas Tausinga to use his powers to suspend the assembly because of…

SI-EITI pushes for revenue transparency in mining sector

The Solomon Islands Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (SIEITI) is pushing hard for transparency and accountability around the revenue collected from the mining industries in the country. The Government supported Initiative which is funded by the World Bank has started in 2012. In June 2014,  It had released an independent reports on the revenue collected from…