Workers have freedom of association: Fiji AG

SUVA, (FBC NEWS) — Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has stated that workers are given the freedom to join any trade unions. Speaking to FBC News, Sayed-Khaiyum says various Unions should now focus on the bigger issue which is growing the economy. Sayed-Khaiyum made this comments after Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions General Secretary…

Fiji NGOs initiate Code of Minimum Standards

SUVA, (PIANGO) — The Pacific Islands Association of Non Government Organisations is pleased to announce its support to the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS) and Fiji non-governmental organisations, in their effort to develop a Minimum Code of Standards for civil society organisations effectiveness. PIANGO’s support was announced by Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga at a…

Riumana denies sexual harassment accusation

FORMER Member of Parliament for Hograno, Kia, Havulei, in Isabel, Selwyn Riumana has denied allegations that he had sexually harassed a female manageress of Rock Havens Inn in Honiara, Kym Barlee. The allegations were made in light of a recent incident when Ms Barlee and her local partner led relatives to Mr Riumana’s residence at…

Kunu settlement in great need of clean water

RESIDENTS of  Kunu  settlement near Auki town, Malaita province have raised their concern over inadequate supply of clean  drinking water to their area. A recent visit to the settlement by the Solomon Star staff correspondent in Auki, William Ekotani revealed about 60 percent of the population of the settlement used water obtained from wells. About…

7 candidates to contest city by-election

A TOTAL total of seven candidates have submitted nominations after the Vuhokesa ward by-election nomination closed on Wednesday. “As of 4pm, Wednesday, our Election Office officially received a total of seven candidates who have submitted their nominations to contest,” Returning Officer Madlyn Ero said. “Out from the seven submissions, six of them are males and…

Hospital theatres closed

Lives at risk, say doctors TWO of the three Operating Theatres at the National Referral Hospital have been closed for repair since December. And despite assurances from health authorities to do the repair work sooner, nothing has been done since. “We are now into the third month of closure,” Dr Paul Hitchin, an Orthopaedic Surgeon…

Phone explodes, burnt down home

A FAMILY of ten is homeless after their home was razed to the ground on Tuesday this week. And the cause of the fire must be serve as a warning to all people using cell (mobile) phones, because the fire started from an exploded cell phone according to Solomon Star stringer John Toki. Mr Toki…

Centre to prioritize gender equality

ADAKOA rural training centre in east Kwara’ae, Malaita province will prioritize gender equality on students enrolled this year. School Principal David Leliana told the Solomon Star that over the past years, number of girls enrolled at the centre was very low. “We have enrolled more males than females here but from this year and onwards,…

Minister assures students

Minister of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) John Moffatt Fugui assures students pursuing scholarship at the National Training Unit (NTU) office that they will all receive the opportunity to study abroad. He revealed this on Monday afternoon after a short visit to the ministry’s Panatina office in East Honiara. As usual the NTU office…