Wale outlines challenges for DCGA

MEMBER of Parliament for Aoke/Langalanga Mathew Wale has highlighted some of the issues that need urgent attention from the new government in their yet to complete policy statement. During his congratulation remarks on the floor of parliament on Wednesday, Mr Wale said the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) must pay serious attention to the…

Australian voting centre opens

Australian citizens living in Solomon Islands have already begun casting their vote for the upcoming Australian federal election. On Monday, the Australian High Commission Chancery opened its official Voting Centre for eligible voters to vote during the week ahead of polling day. Voting at the High Commission will be available from Monday 13 to Friday…

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…