Big health survey sets to start soon

THE Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH) program within the Environmental Health Department (EHD) at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is for the first time undertaking a national baseline survey on Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH) using Akvo software in smart phones. Akvo software is specifically designed to work in…

$21m shipping grant paid to 9 MPs

NINE constituencies in the country have received shipping grants totalling $21.6 million last year. The revelation was made in the Auditor General’s (AG) report.. The report shows that six of the nine constituencies received $3 million each. They are Small Malaita, South Vella La vella, East Makira, Savo & Russell, North Malaita and Malaita outer…

Supplementary budget 2015 through

PARLIAMENT had passed the Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2015 after a deliberation through a committee of supply and was set down for a third reading by the Speaker Ajilon Nasiu. The Bill seeks Parliament’s approval of an additional supplementary expenditure of one hundred and ninety five million, seven hundred and forty thousand, and one hundred and…

Opposition: Is ICAC another propaganda?

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the Prime Minister to inform this nation of the current status of the proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). In a statement yesterday, the Parliamentary Opposition says this might just be another propaganda by the current Government as the Prime Minister has failed to live up to his promise.…

Sikua urges govt to address issues in aviation

National Parliamentary Independent Leader Dr Derek Sikua has urged the government to address important issues remain unattended by the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA). He was speaking in his second reading debate on the Supplementary Appropriation Bill in Parliament. Dr Sikua said essential items such as the fire engine had not been maintained; the…

FSII case returns to court, Monday

THE case between the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) and Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Airlines Ron Sumsum will return to the Honiara Magistrates’ Court again Monday next week. That is when the court will know whether the hearing into the case will continue that day or a date to be fixed for the continuation…

Ashley differentiate MMF from FSII

General Secretary of Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) Charles Ashley says there is a big difference in how MMF and Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) involved in political issues, despite both being registered under the Charitable Act. MR Ashley told the Solomon Star that FSII Facebook page is an unregulated medium used by the group to…

PM reveal contracts

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has admitted he secured an airport contract to maintain cleanliness outside the domestic terminal. He admitted this yesterday in parliament when he spoke on the issue of “Civil Aviation Airport Contracts”. It was also revealed other MPs have also secured airport contracts. They include deputy prime minister Manasseh Maelanga, North-East Guadalcanal…

PM meets top Australian indigenous leader

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Australian indigenous leader and prominent businessman Warren Mundine met yesterday to discuss opportunities for economic growth in Solomon Islands. Mr Mundine, who is currently Chair of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Nyungga Black Group, is here for the Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards to be…