OTI EYES REFORM

NEWLY elected Speaker to the Parliament Patterson Oti says one of his immediate tasks is to relook at the timing for the Parliament to sit after the Members were elected. Speaking during his first press conference yesterday the new speaker told the media that its more than six weeks now before the first meeting was…

Taiwan responds to report

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Honiara has clarified media reports that Taiwan has been put on notice about Government’s intention to increase funds for the constituencies. The office in a statement on Tuesday made the clarification in response to a report in the Island Sun paper on Monday which has the…

Agovaka guilty of assault

Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Guadalcanal Peter Shanel Agovaka has been convicted of a lesser offence, in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday. Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi convicted Agovaka of a common assault charge and acquitted him of the assault causing actual bodily harm charge. The offence of common assault carries the maximum penalty of…

MMERE holds consultation at Gold Ridge

THE Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) on Tuesday conducted a successful consultation with members of the land owning groups at Gold Ridge Mine site. The consultation mainly focused on the National Minerals Policy, Mining Bill and the Solomon Islands Minerals Advisory Centre (SIMAC), a new avenue the government has decided to include…

Oti, Nasiu vying for Speaker’s post

Former Solomon Islands diplomat Patterson Oti and 10th Parliament speaker Ajilon Nasiu will be vying for the speaker’s post during the election which set down for today. This is the first sitting of the 11th parliament. He was nominated by the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) while Nasiu was nominated by the Parliamentary Opposition…

BLOCKED FROM EXAMS

Gov’t fails students studying in Philippine Uni due to unpaid fees By ANDREW FANASIA MORE than 300 Solomon Islands’ students studying in AMA Quezon City Campus in the Philippines are in shock after they were denied entry into the exam venue due to unpaid tuition by the Government. Speaking to Solomon Star from the Philippines…

Agovaka’s verdict likely today

RULING into the assault case of the re-elected Central Guadalcanal MP, Peter Shanel Agovakais likely to be handed down this morning. This was after Principal Magistrate Fatima Taeburi adjourned the matter from last month to today for the ruling. This ruling will determine whether Agovaka is guilty of the assault offence or not. If he…

ACOM run schools to ban sales of junk, oily food

THE Anglican Church of Melanesian (ACOM) operated school throughout the country will ban the sales of all sugary and greasy (oil) food to their students. ACOM has about 31 schools operating in the country ranging from ECE, primary, secondary and Rural Training Centres (RTC). Currently the ACOM education authority (EA) is working on a policy…

11th Parliament 1st meeting Wednesday

The first meeting of the 11th Parliament is scheduled for tomorrow – Wednesday the 15th of May 2019. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare wrote to His Excellency, Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui the Governor General of Solomon Islands advising him of his decision to convene the first meeting on the above date. This first meeting will convene…

Taiwan still a close friend: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured a stronger relationship with its long-time partner, the Republic of China (Taiwan). Sogavare highlighted this in his speech last Wednesday night, at a dinner hosted on-board the ROC Navy Squadron Flagship. This camefollowing what he described as a fruitful meeting with His Excellency the Ambassador Roger Luo last week.…