Rising tourism in the Pacific

Pacific tourism is in the news again. The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) released this week its latest estimate of tourist arrivals. The number of tourists who flocked to Pacific island countries (PICs) last year is 1.7 million. The figure for the previous year is 1.5 million. Certainly, tourism to the Pacific is on the…

Foreign aid and growth

Last week’s visit to Fiji by Australia’s foreign minister, Ms. Bishop has raised hopes of return to normalcy in bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit has been fruitful in many ways: Fiji has been added to the list of Pacific island countries (PICs), which are eligible for Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Workers Program. This…

Do or die

The Solomon Islands National U19 men’s soccer team cannot afford to lose or even draw any of its three remaining match. According to the updated statistics of the competition, a defeat or draw will give a much less chance of contesting for the top finish. Their next game will be against New Caledonia today. New…

Berets and Isa continue wins

Green Berets and Isa Purple have continued with their second win in the Honiara Netball Association (HNA) Netball League Proper’s premier division. Berets managed to go past a determined and tough Gold Ridge side 39 -29 while Isa Purple defeated Breeze 61-53 on Saturday. In other premier division matches, SOSA Faywright defeated KOSSA women 63-19…

Hekari wins 9th NSL Title

MRDC Hekari United raced to their ninth National Soccer League title after defeating Lae FC 3-0 in a final that was abandoned mid-way into the second half due to poor crowd behavior and field invasion by Lae supporters. National Soccer League boss Chris Brown told Post -Courier that Lae has seen the last of the…

Wallabies’ goal kicking under scrutiny in World Cup preparation

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has conceded Australia’s goal-kicking options need urgent reinforcement leading into next year’s World Cup. As last year’s heir apparent Christian Lealiifano performs some way off his cool-headed best this season and newly anointed Test five-eighth options Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale stumbled badly against the Rebels on Friday, McKenzie signalled greater…

Manu 7s coach quits

The embattled coach of the 8th IRB ranked Manu Samoa Sevens team, Viliamu Punivalu, has resigned, less than a year into his role. His resignation was apparently submitted, discussed and approved by the Board of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) last Thursday.  Repeated attempts to obtain a comment from the S.R.U. about Punivalu’s resignation –…