Reform will protect customary lands

The Consultant on Land Reform in the Prime Minister’s Office and former Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey, Andrew Manepora’a has assured Makira Ulawa Provincial leaders in Kira Kira, the provincial capital that when the Land Reform will become law, it will protect customary lands and their tribal owners. He says this also means resources…

Citizens call for ban on flights

CSOs are calling on the National Government for total shut-down on all international flights and ships for a definite period.  Development Services Exchange (DSE) representing its CSO members and representatives from social media Yumi Tok Tok forum and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) in a meeting, Friday collectively made the call amidst the serious risk…

Police prepare for coronavirus

Police are setting up a committee purposely to oversee functions of their preparedness and response plan should there be a Coronavirus (Covid – 19) outbreak in the country. Acting Police Chief Mostyn Mangau said this is to support other government agencies to respond to any potential high threat and impacts of coronavirus outbreak in the…

DSE reiterates advice against COVID-19

Development Services Exchange (DSE) and its member Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) reiterates the advice made by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) that everyone should practice safe hygiene as the simple measure against Coronavirus (COVID – 19). An outbreak of COVID-19 could put enormous pressure on our…

Status of ‘Quarantine’ clarified 

MHMS: Quarantine is a standard measure against COVID-19 The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is reassuring the public that quarantine is a standard measure or procedure to protect and prevent the spread of any disease. As a response to the government’s travelling advisory, people travelling through affected countries must be quarantined for at…

LUAPEL chiefs want Bêche-de-mer ban out

CHIEFS from Luaniua and Pelau islands in the Malaita Outer Islands are calling on the government to lift the bêche-de-mer ban so that they can harvest their resource to earn income to support their families. Chairman of the LUAPEL House of Chiefs Hugo Viauli and his assistant Bartholomew Kolo told the Solomon Star that the…

Makira for Australia bushfire fundraiser this weekend

HONIARA-BASED people of Makira-Ulawa Province last week raised more than $10,000 towards the bushfire victims in Australia. And they have extended their sympathy to those affected and have suffered the brunt of the recent bushfires. Last weekend’s fundraiser, held at the grounds of the National Museum, was their first. They are staging another fundraiser this…

Work on MUPG wharf on Ugi starts

WORK on one of Makira Ulawa Provincial Government wharves has started at NgotaNgota Beach at Selwyn Bay on Ugi Island. Member for Ugi Ward of the Makira Ulawa Provincial Assembly, Henry Rata says work on the Waimasi Wharf, as it will be known, started Wednesday (March 11) soon after all the necessary equipment was dropped…

MSG to observe Vanuatu polls

DEPUTY chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission Freddie Bosoboe is among the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) observer team picked to observe next week’s elections in Vanuatu. The team was selected at the invitation of the Vanuatu Government. The MSG Observer Group will be led by former Foreign Affairs Minister of Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. …