Makira ready to implement community-led total sanitation

A week long Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) training of local facilitators in Makira province was successfully completed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) last week. Around 30 individuals comprising of community members, staff from the provincial Environmental Health Department, Health Promotion Department, World Vision and UNDP participated in the CLTS program.…

Gov’t pays millions to pave way for road project

UP to $15 million has been paid by the government as compensation to residents and companies with property along the main Kukum Highway, to pave way for the new highway project to roll. The road project funded by the Japanese Government was expected to kick-off last year but was delayed. Infrastructure Permanent Secretary, Henry Murray…

PM: Fiu hydro prooject rolling

THE   Government’s   preparatory   work   for   the proposed  Asian  Development  Bank-funded  Fiu  River hydropower project in Malaita Province is progressing well. “The land valuation assessment of the project site has been completed and the report on this assessment will be finalised by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey after it receives a report on a…

PM backs bid team

Sogavare adjourns parliament to accompany games committee PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and his deputy will lead a high-powered delegation to Vanuatu next week to lodge the country’s bid for the 2023 Pacific Games. Mr Sogavare revealed this yesterday as he adjourned parliament to May 17 to allow him and his deputy, Manasseh Maelanga, who is…

Mayor faces motion

HONIARA City Council Mayor is facing a leadership challenge as moves are underway to remove from the position. A Councillor within the Honiara City Council (HCC) has confirmed that a move to oust the HCC Mayor Alfrence Fatai will be lodged as soon as he completes his 18 months ruling, as stipulated in the constitution.…

SINU students mourn death of colleague

Students of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) are mourning the shocking death of a colleague. Manga Havu, from Western Province, was found dead in his room at Panatina campus. He was studying for his Bachelor’s degree in teaching. “Havu’s death came as a shock,” one student told the Sunday Star. “He was alone in his…

Prospecting licences queried

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has come under questioning after giving Australian mining company, Iron Mountain Mining a prospecting licence for a tenement on Nende Island in Temotu. Iron Mountain Mining obtained shares when signing an option agreement to acquire 50 percent stake in privately held AU Capital Mining, believed to be holders of…

First flight to Gwaunaru’u May 9

Solomon Airlines will make its first flight back to Gwaunaru’u Airport on Malaita on May 9. Earlier, the first flight should have been made tomorrow, but this was rescheduled. Malaita premier Peter Ramohia confirmed this to the Sunday Star. He said the new date was communicated to him by the Director of Civil Aviation GeorgeSatu.…

Ship operators delay fare increase plans

Local ship operators have delayed their intention to increase sea fares for another week. The group had earlier announced sea fares will increase as of May the 1st. But a spokesman told the Sunday Star yesterday the planned sea fare increase has been delayed by a week to give Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) the…

Mine pact signed without ministry

An agreement between AU Capital Mining and Iron Mountain Mining was done outside the government’s normal process, without the input from the Ministry of Mines. Both are Australian companies and are eying bauxite prospecting at Nende, Temotu. A reliable source told the Sunday Star the Mines ministry does not recognise the agreement because it was…