Voter ID cards arestate properties

Registered voters are told to respect the law and stop selling their voter ID cards, which legally, are properties of Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC). Speaking during the Transformational leadership and character education for peaceful co-existence, Friday, Ben McNair, a media trainer said ID cards are state properties and should not be sold here and…

Financial education in the Solomons

Integrating Personal Finance Management into our schools curriculum From executive meetings in corporate boardrooms to family discussions around rural kitchen fireplaces, the gradual switch from our usual subsistence to cash economy has triggered new concerns for better knowledge and understanding of this new tool-MONEY.  Just as we know how to effectively sharpen our axes and…

Atrocities in West Papua revealed

Indonesian security forces intentionally killed and raped children along with a large number of civilians at a massacre on the West Papuan island of Biak, a tribunal has found. The secret massacre which has been denied for years by Indonesia was officially detailed by a citizen’s tribunal which brought down its findings in Sydney recently.…

NZ police training in West Papua on hold

The Indonesian government has temporarily scrapped a controversial New Zealand-run police training programme for officers involved in the military occupation of West Papua. Radio New Zealand International reported that the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said only that Indonesia had pulled out of the next phase of the programme “at this time”. However,…

RAMSI critics are dishonest and looking for scapegoat

The accusation and labeling by some members of the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) of the Australian-led and funded Regional Assistant Mission to Solomon Islands (known widely as RAMSI) as a “failure” is simply out of ignorance and motivated by ethnic politics and biases. Many of us (critics of RAMSI) in this forum (FSII) seem…

Sir Allan accused of influencing BVR

Speaker of parliament, Sir Allan Kemakeza has been questioned and accused by Savo and Russell constituents’ for influencing the Biometric Voters Registration on pursuance for personal interests as an intending candidate. William Runa raised the alarm claiming Sir Allan has been manipulating the election system on his status as chairman of electoral commission. A formal…

New police chief to be known soon

A NEW police commissioner should be known within the next two weeks. This followed interviews of the shortlisted candidates for the top job this week. Two locals, an Australian, and a Fijian, are vying for the job. The Solomon Star understands interviews began Monday, and will complete today. After the interviews, the panel will submit…

Trio held for looting, burning

POLICE confirmed they arrested three people believed to be behind the looting and burning down of Uncle Alick building during the May 16 rioting, east of Honiara. Acting police chief Juanita Matanga said the trio were believed to have played major roles in the looting and burning down of the building. “Investigations into the looting…