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…

‘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…

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…

SINTA credit union board accused of abusing funds

Board members of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA) Credit Union are under investigation over alleged misuse of union funds. This came after the resignation of the credit union’s board chairman Donation Houkura and his deputy Lency Bambu. SINTA’s acting general secretary Walter Tesuatai confirmed receiving the resignation letters of the two officials on…