SI-Aust in talks

Senior representatives of the Solomon Islands Government met with Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his team for High Level Development Talks last week. The talks are an annual meeting between the Australian and Solomon Islands governments to discuss their work together in delivering effective development assistance for Solomon Islands. Talks covered a range of…

Visale school receives gift from Taiwanese students

Visale community high school in North West Guadalcanal received two laptops from Taiwanese volunteers last week. The gift was part of building relationship with people of Solomon Islands and assisting the school. Speaking on behalf of the Taiwanese students Zuyang Weing said they were pleased to assist the students and their school. She said they…

Bauxite mining ready to roll?

Reports of heavy duty mining vehicles arriving on our shores IS the environmentally hazardous bauxite mining ready to roll in the Solomon Islands? This was the question most lingering in many people’s lips following reports of  number of heavy duty vehicles intended for mining exercises on Rennell Island, Renbel province arriving on our shores the…

Security in custody over ATM theft

A security officer has been remanded in custody yesterday following the alleged armed robbery of the ANZ automatic teller machine at Kwaimani building on Saturday night. Joe Silas of SAM WIKI security firm will appear again in the Honiara Magistrate Court again on August 11. He was charged with one count of armed robbery. This…

Foreign ministers could decide on Fiji’s membership

The head of the Pacific Islands Forum has suggested the region’s foreign ministers could be tasked with deciding whether to lift the suspension of Fiji’s membership. Speaking ahead of the Forum leaders’ summit in Palau, Secretary-General Tuiloma Neroni Slade told the ABC the Ministerial Contact Group could monitor Fiji’s elections in September and then make…

McCully to attend Pacific Islands Forum

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will lead the New Zealand delegation to the 45rd Pacific Islands Forum in Palau on behalf of Prime Minister John Key this week. “The Forum is the foremost annual meeting of Pacific leaders and I am honoured to be representing the Prime Minister at this event,” McCully says.  “The…

Pacific region more involved in international processes, especially on MDGs in the last six years – Slade

Pacific Island Countries have in the past six years stepped up their engagement in the international community processes, especially at the United Nations. And the outgoing Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade of Samoa attributes this to the work done by Pacific Missions represented in New York.  “During my six…

Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations. Many of the 15 nations represented at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) lie barely a metre (three feet) above sea level, and regard themselves as…

TANGO LOSES SUPPORT: Three ministers and a backbencher resigns

Three provincial government ministers within the Renbel government led by premier Lence Tango have resigned over the weekend. This left the premier with a minority support to lead the government. Clerk to the Renbel provincial government assembly Dicter Maitaki revealed this to the Solomon Star yesterday. Mr Maitaki confirmed receiving their resignation letters on Saturday…