First meat workers going to Australia 

  IN a major milestone for Solomon Islands, meat workers have been recruited as part of the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) for the first time.  Australian employer Labour Solutions Australia (LSA) recruited the workers during their June visit to Solomon Islands.  The group of 14 workers will work at an abattoir in the town of…

Axiom hits outs  at mine bosses

AXIOM Mining has hit out strongly at the minister and director for mines over the delay to issue them an export permit. The company’s general manager Dr Phil Tagini said poor decisions and unfair treatment of investors in the mining industry by key figures in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) are…

Heroau is new deputy Speaker for Malaita

MEMBERS of the Malaita Provincial Assembly have elected Joe Heroau to be their deputy speaker. Heroau is the provincial member for Ward 25. He is not new to the province. In the last government, he was finance minister and once acting premier. These experiences have prepared him well for his new role. He will assist…

WATER CRISIS FORUM

CURRENT water shortages in the city will be the subject of discussions at a meeting scheduled to take place tomorrow in Honiara. Solomon Water is organising the “stakeholder briefing” to talk about the problems at the Kongulai Water Source. The source supplies water to about 60 per cent of the city. Logging and saw-milling upstream…

Wale wants police to probe bribery claim

OPPOSITION leader Opposition Matthew Wale has commended Dori Tuhaika for taking the bold stance to report the alleged bribe offered to him by the Manager of Bintan Mining Company Ltd.   He also urged the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to ensure that the allegations are investigated and appropriate actions taken. The Opposition leader made…

CDF needs proper coordination

THE controversial Constituency Development Fund (CDF) needs proper coordination to deliver needed services to rural communities in Solomon Islands, according to Tony Hiriasia, a PhD research candidate at the University of the South Pacific (USP). Hiriasia was part of the Solomon Islands 41st Independence Anniversary Symposium held at USP in Suva, Fiji on Friday July…

New textbooks for provincial schools

  VARIOUS schools in east Guadalcanal have received their share of new donated textbooks by the Australia and New Zealand governments last week. The textbook assistance which is currently underway in Guadalcanal will reach other schools in the provinces, thanks to the Australia Aid and New Zealand Foreign Affairs &Trade department. Ministry of Education &…

BRC registration underway in Gizo

THE Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) has opened registrations in Gizo for Bougainvilleans living in the Western province. The registration commenced yesterday till Saturday the 13th of July at the Women’s Centre in Gizo.  In the early 2000’s both the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Bougainville Government signed a peace agreement that had within it a…

Cruz ward youths help maintain road

YOUTHS of Cruz Ward 4 in Honiara on Thursday repaired part of Mbokona road along the Girl Guide area as part of their community work. Speaking to the Solomon Star Councilor for Cruz ward Dorah Huapii Irofia revealed the Mbokona road condition is in a very poor condition given the potholes. “As a mother and…