Visitors arrival here in 2015 up

THE Numbers of international visitors into the country has steadily increased from January to December last year. An officially released figure from the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) last week, has confirmed. It stated that, Solomon Islands records solid visitor arrival increase for 2015 Rounding out a positive year for the Solomon Islands tourism fortunes,…

Locals safe following Japan’s quake

A SOLOMON Islands couple studying in Japan is safe following a serious of earthquake that struck last week. Edwin Koveke and Margaret Neko-Koveke are reportedly safe and well in Kumamoto. Polini and Alan McNeil told Solomon Star yesterday they have been in contact with the couple and can confirm they are safe after taking shelter…

Journalists sharpen skills on human rights reporting

 “Giving voice to the voiceless” and “championing the rights of all peoples” were key messages highlighted at the Human Rights and Media Forum that ended in Nadi, Fiji, Friday. Editors, senior journalists, and government communication officers from 13 Pacific island countries took part in the three-day forum. Solomon Star editor Ofani Eremae was part of…

PNA in safer hands

PNA: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is in safer hands despite the departure of its chief executive officer of six years Dr Transform Aqorau. Solomon Islander Aqorau will leave the Marshall Islands-based organization in August this year. He will be succeeded by Papua New Guinean Ludwig Kumoru, whose appointment was announced last week.…

Malaita teachers query pay

Teachers in Training (TNT) in Malaita say they are yet to be paid by the government since January this year. And they urged the Ministry of Education and Human Resources to explain why their salaries have not been paid. Spokesman Albert Donga said they have been living on debt for the last three months and…

Ika is new SINTA president

Solomon Islands National Teachers’ Association (SINTA) has a new president. He is Philip Silas Ika, who was elected last week.  Ika was elected during SINTA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Prior to his election, he was SINTA’s vice-president. Hailed from east Kwaio in Malaita, Ika is a teacher at Mbua Valley Community High School in Honiara.…

Medical staff upset at closure of 2 theatres

Medical staff working at the National Referral Hospital are upset at the lack of commitment by hospital authorities to ensure the reopening of the two operating theatres that were closed since December 2015. The Labour Division closed the theatres due to their poor condition. The decision resulted in the scale down and suspension of surgical…

Ramohia defends comments

Malaita premier Peter Ramohia has defended his comments made on the slow implementation of national projects in the province. This followed accusations certain Malaitans levelled at him over the comments he made in the media. Certain Malaitan groups said Ramohia’s comments were misleading and did not help with the national government’s plans to implement projects…

West Are’are landowners open land for new school

Plans to build a senior national secondary school at Ohoraha in west Are’are, Malaita, are progressing smoothly. That was according to vice-chairperson of the Ohoraha landowners association Channel Nori. “We have met and signed consent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) through permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie,”…

Committee meets on way forward

The Honiara Public-Private Cooperation Committee has met on progresses of the working groups to ensure Honiara is kept clean with conducive environment. The committee is setup under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded LEAF project. It comprised of representatives from various stakeholders, including the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and the Honiara City Council. City…