Solomons couple safe following Japan’s earthquake

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…

PM Sogavare welcomes UN support

THE Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon Manasseh Sogavare has welcomed UN Support to Solomon Islands Government- led peace-building and reconciliation process and plans during a meeting with United Nations official from the Peace Building Support Office (PBSO) from New York in Honiara today. The UN PBSO was represented by Jelena Zelenovic and accompanied by…

Moves to overthrow PM Sogavare

THE current ruling Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government is said to be going through a turbulence period following claims of mounting pressure to have the Prime Minister removed Solomon Star reported. The move is set to go ahead if nothing is being done immediately by Manasseh Sogavare to solve the ongoing controversial issues surrounding…

Opposition queries gov’t on new strategy for Malaita

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has called on the Government to inform the nation on the progress of the new proposal undertaken to implement the national projects on Malaita Province. In a statement today, the Opposition Group says in November 8th last year, the Prime Minister had admitted himself that “the government may have been talking…

PM inspires citizens to report family violence

THE Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare has strongly encouraged Solomon Islanders to report cases of family or domestic violence to law enforcement agencies as the country now enforces its Family Protection Act. Parliament passed the Act in 2014 to combat the high rate of family violence in the country and to ensure all…

Gold Ridge tailings dam scare

THE controlled de-watering of Gold Ridge tailings dam in central Guadalcanal is reportedly gone out of control due to heavy rain in the area. Downstream villagers have lodged complaints to health authorities in the past week about the safety of the water that was released into their streams. This had prompted teams from the Ministry…

Gov’t closely monitors dewatering process at Gold Ridge

THE Solomon Islands Government through its Ministry of Environment is closely monitoring the dewatering process at the Gold Ridge Mine Tailings Dam which began Tuesday this week. This is to ensure compliance to the strict dewatering licence issued to the new mine owner, the Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited (GCIL). Permanent Secretary of the Ministry…

WPA acknowledges RAMSI, supports RSIPF limited rearmament

THE Western Provincial Assembly (WPA) acknowledged and appreciated the assistance provided by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in restoring law and order after the ethnic tension which affected the country from 1998 to 2003. “Solomon Islands must now take care of its own security. “RAMSI cannot stay forever. We must accept responsibility…

PM urges SI envoys to show national interest

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has urged the heads of Solomon Islands foreign missions of keeping within the confines of their crucial role of representing the interest of the government and people of Solomon Islands. He made the reminder when opening the three-day Solomon Islands Heads of Missions and National Stakeholders’ Consultation in Honiara this…

$7 million demand

KONGULAI water source landowners’ trustees on Guadalcnal Province are demanding the government more than SBD$7 million in outstanding arrears for land rental. They want this to be paid up by this Friday, 25th March. Trustees claim the amount of $7,565,655 is to yet to be paid from $10,565,665 as arrears payable under clause 2 of…

Gov’t Caucus shows support for SIPA’s reform program

THERE is a general support for the Solomon Islands Ports Authority’s Reform Program by members of the Government Caucus. The general show of support was obviously expressed when the Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Colin Yow and his Executive Directors presented the State-Owned-Enterprise’s plans in the Reform Program in the Cabinet…

Safe to report SGBV as rule of law improves

THE victims of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) feel safe to come forward to facilities such as SEIF PLES as the rule of law improves in Solomon Islands. Seif Ples is a referral centre and clinic dedicated to offering coordinated and comprehensive care to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. Seif Ples is located…